EDO KOMON Japanese Mon (紋) are a type of memetic crest used to symbolize membership to a family or organization. During the Edo Period (1600 - 1868), samurai began to dye ceremonial kamishimo (formal dress) with small, repeating patterns. These komon patterns have been passed down from the Edo Period through traditional textile crafts. Often attributed to silk kimono, These beautiful patterns are instantly recognizable as symbols of Japanese Iki and Wa. Each pattern flows into the next creating a style that is playful, delicate and strong. Komon fabrics are regarded for their unique symbolism and beauty. Common themes are nature, animalia, and printed Japanese characters, all of which embody the style of HIKESHI SPIRIT.
Edo Komon Shirt Short Sleeve Button Shirt Ebi Shrimp Pattern
Shrimp “Ebi” are often eaten to symbolize longevity, especially during traditional New Year's dinner called osechi. We created these shirts with the spirit of Japan, with a universal playful appeal.
Edo Komon Short Sleeve Button Shirt Crab Pattern Crab “Kani” are a popular symbol in Japan. Heikegani are crabs naive to the cool, deep waters off the coast of Japan which appear to have the face of a samurai imprinted in their shells.
Edo Komon Short Sleeve Button Shirt Saayae Pattern Sayagata are interlocking manji, ancient symbols that have been used across many cultures. The symbol arrived in Japan with Buddhism around the 1500s. They are thought to represent life and strength
Edo Komon Shirt Short Sleeve Button Shirt Sakura Pattern Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the unofficial national flower of Japan, is featured prominently as a symbol of spring, love, and new beginnings.
HANDMADE WITH A RICH TRADITION HIKESHI SPIRIT komon shirts are hand-printed by the workshop of Tomita-zome in Waseda, Tokyo. Founded in 1882 by Ichibei Tomita, the factory has been in continuous use creating a unique printing process using mochi rice flour and traditional dyes. Each shirt is meticulously hand-dyed, in the same careful fashion as samurai ceremonial dress. This technique has been handed down from craftspeople for generations and, in 1949 the third generation of Tomita master komon printer became designated as an honored craftsman by the Government of Japan. Learn more about Tomita-zome here. We are honored to present these unique komon designs in the style of HIKESHI SPIRIT.
ISE-STYLE WASHI PAPER PROCESS Each komon shirt is impregnated with dye through designs carefully hand-cut into very thin washi paper, in the style of Mie Prefecture. This unique paper used for textiles, called Ise-style paper is an uncommon approach to even the finest of dress shirts. It is a dyeing process which originated over one thousand years ago
This fusion of generations-old traditional handicraft with sharp modern cues creates a shirt that will be a centerpiece of your summer wardrobe for many years.
These unique shirts will bring a sense of history, harmony, style and passion into your everyday wardrobe. We are pleased to present them to you, in the thousand year tradition of fine Japanese textile crafts.