Kimono with Edo komon. “Diagonal bamboo and sharkskin pattern”
This technique was developed during the Edo Period (1603-1868) for dyeing elaborate patterns on kamishimo, garments worn by samurai on formal occasions. Afterward its use spread to dyeing of commoners' kimonos as well. A type of stencil known as Ise katagami has historically been used for Edo komon.