Let’s continue the topic of the Rank of KIMONO from last time.
Finally, let me tell you about informal KIMONOs such as “TSUKESAGE”, “IROMUJI”, “EDOKOMON”, etc…
TUKESAGE means a KIMONO of which the pattern is relatively simpler than that of HOMONGI.
IROMUJI means a KIMONO which is in a plain color other than black with no patterns woven or painted in.
EDOKOMON is a little bit complicated and only KIMONO professionals have the correct knowledge.
It is a KIMONO of which the dyeing manner was originally used for “KAMISHIMO (the No.1 formal KIMONO for men)”.
During EDO period, each DAIMYO (feudal lord) had each KAMISHIMO dyeing design, so when a DAIMYO or his SAMURAI (a salary worker belonging to a DAIMYO) visited the EDO castle to meet the shogun, people knew which DAIMYO you belonged to by looking at your KAMISHIMO)
Due to this historical background, EDOKOMON has hundreds of dyeing manners but let me show you four well known EDOKOMONs.
- SAMEKOMON (“SAME” means a shark, so it looks like shark’s skin)
- KADOTOUSHI (a grid design)
- GYOUGI (a diagonal grid design)
- MANSUJI (a thin strip design)
On a KIMONO made of the fabric of EDOKOMON, if you put a family crest on the back (either by embroidery or by dyeing), you can wear it as a semiformal KIMONO. Without family crest, you can wear it as a casual KIMONO to go to a lunch, theater or shopping with your friends.