Edo-komon looks plain from a distance but reveals fine patterns when seen up close. Originating in samurai families, during the Edo period each daimyo house used its own set pattern exclusively. During the late Edo period, a variation called iware-komon with designs containing auspicious images or text came to be made for townspeople. What made Edo-komon possible was the Ise-katagami stencils made in the Shirako region of present-day Mie prefecture. These stencils–detailed examples have as many as 11 pinstripes cut away per centimeter–were a critical element that influenced the quality of the resulting Edo-komon fabric.