東京染小紋 Tokyo fine-patterned dyeing

Tokyo fine-patterned dyeing (called Tokyo some komon in Japanese) is a stencil dyed textile produced in different wards of Tokyo like Shinjuku and Setagaya. It was designated as a traditional national craft in 1976. This textile can seem plain from afar, however, when examined up-close there are delicate geometric designs. This craft is a type of stencil dyeing that uses backing paper made through pasting together several sheets of traditional Japanese paper. An experienced carver meticulously cuts a pattern into the backing paper. Then, the process of handcoating starch on the textile is done by a dye artist.

For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.

東京染小紋は東京都の新宿区や世田谷区周辺で作られている染織品です。東京染小紋の特徴は、幾何学模様の繊細さと格調高い気品があることです。

1976年に伝統的工芸品として国から指定を受けました。