Komon is a fine patterned dye effect created by printing. Viewed from a distance the fabric appears plain, but closer inspection reveals tiny geometrical patterns. Komon fabric began to be widely produced in the 17th century. The feudal lords governing various parts of the country gathered in Edo (now Tokyo), and Edo gradually became the production center for dyeing their kamishimo ceremonial attire. Komon dyeing subsequently became popular among the general public, however in recent years the technique has been applied mainly to kimono and haori, exclusively for women. Tokyo-some-komon dyeing was designated a traditional craft in 1976.
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