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Edo komon

Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Romaji Edo Komon
Kanji 江戸小紋
Kana えどこもん
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(n) fine pattern

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  • small stenciled dots that give the effect of being an iromuji kimono from far away
  • some specific patterns of dots have been named, like the sharkskin pattern (鮫, same komon)
  • pattern is usually constructed of 3-7 white dots, repeated [1]


Edo (now Tokyo) became the center of komon production, especially that of the komon pattern made of pinpoint dots, so they became called "Edo Komon". [2] made by forcing rice paste through a stencil of tiny dots, and then dying the surrounding fabric (dots stay white)

- early Edo period komon were commonly white on blue (indigo) - used on both men's and women's garments in the Edo period. Men's specifically kamishimo and women's casual or semi-formal wear [3]

Komon Examples

Images of Edo komon

Formality & TPO

Because they look like iromuji from further away, Edo Komon are more formal than other komon kimono and can be quite versatile depending on the type of obi and accessories chosen.

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.

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