History of Edo Komon
1. PAPER STENCILING
Intricate patterns are carved by hand on Japanese washi paper, fortified by persimmon tanning.
2. APPLYING PASTE
Paper stencil is placed on fabric and resist paste is applied, requiring full concentration.
3. CREATING PASTE
Resist and coloring pastes are made from rice and rice bran. Mixing paste builds muscles.
4. APPLYING BASE COLOR
Base color is applied on top of paste for background. Pasted area remains uncolored.
The colored fabric is then placed in a cypress steamer, so color settles in nice and even.
Color and design stand out when rinsed thoroughly. Originally done in streams, even in winter.
Sun and wind gives the finishing touch. Watching various colors and designs are joy to the eyes.