京小紋 Kyo-komon textiles
Kyo Komon are fine-patterned textiles produced in Kyoto Prefecture. Kyoto, a center of dyed textiles from olden times, is renowned for its superb fabrics resulting from exceptional dyeing and stencil making. Kyo Komon are characterized by their quietly elegant and beautiful colored patterns which create a soft and feminine atmosphere. The origins are traced back some 1,200 years ago, when stencils were first made. Its design patterns and color combinations are extremely graceful, refined and with a soft quiet feel. In recent years, modern designs have appeared, and small items such as bags are stencil dyed in the traditional way, which contributes to keeping the old production methods alive today.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.