Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Some-Komon

Tokyo Some-Komon Photo

There is a texture that fascinates you twice.
Komon (fine-patterned dyeing) is a type of textile dyed with repeated minute patterns. Historically, to distinguish between hand-s (feudal domains) of daimyo-s (feudal lords) who go to Edo Castle in the 17th through mid-19th centuries, minute patterns were dyed into their garments (kamishimo or ceremonial dresses). The patterns, made with points and lines as tiny as 0.5-1 mm, as typified by Gokuzame (fine shark skin pattern), have more than 1,000 dots clearly dyed within 3 cm square. Plain-looking from a distant view, it can easily accept any Obi (belts) and expresses Iki (refinement), an aesthetic sense that avoids apparent splendor as a first impression but, when seen up close, makes the observer aware of the skilled craftsmanship. Its hand-dyeing method creates shades across the entire fabric and its highly rated technique lends depth to the surface. The white, high-quality lining, again evoking the highly rated skills of true craftsmen, ensures that the colors will not leach through, making the minute patterns prominent. Tailor-made precise matching of patterns and colors enables combination dyeing using multiple patterns and colors, as well as single-color dyeing. Tokyo Some-Komon (Tokyo fine-patterned dyeing) high-quality fabric is widely used for ties, neckerchiefs, and stoles as well as for Japanese dresses.
Tokyo Order-Made Dyeing Association
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