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Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Romaji Eba-Komon
Kanji 絵羽小紋
Kana えばこもん
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Eba komon is a rare type of the small-patterned komon. Its name refers to the term 絵羽模様 (eba moyô), which means "continuous pattern". This refers to the lining up of the motifs at the front left seam between the maemigoro and okumi panels, which makes the eba komon more formal than its non-lined-up brethren.


  • repeated designs that line up at the major visible vertical seams (though it does not have to line up at the right seam between okumi panel and maemigoro)
  • motif would have to reverse at the shoulder so that both front and back have the same motifs lined up horizontally
  • design often has horizontal features or geometrics
  • not to be confused with tsukesage komon

Eba-Komon Examples


Formality & TPO

Treated like a semi-formal komon. It is elevated above regular komon due to the work involved with patterning the motif to have it line up at the seams.

TPO - Within Japan

Occasion Acceptable
Hotel Wedding Reception Maybe
Restaurant Wedding Reception Yes
Formal Party Maybe
Casual Party Yes
Dinner Yes
Lunch Yes
Tea Gathering Maybe
Graduation Ceremony Yes
Practice Yes
Theatre, Concert Yes
Exhibition Yes
Travel Yes
Yes - Acceptable to wear.
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.

Eba komon is barely wearable to a wedding reception, and acceptable for non-close relative guests only.

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