which translates to 'robed',
is the term applied to a koi that has a white base color,
overlaid by red patterns with reticulation. Reticulation
refers to scales that form a net-like appearance. In the case
of Koromo, these net-like patterns are created by the blue
edges of the scales over the red markings. Koromo is
basically a cross between Kohaku and Asagi.
shiro (white) base color of the body must be unblemished,
thick, snowy, and even milky. The shiro must not exhibit any
(red) markings on the
white body must be solid, deep, and evenly-colored throughout
the entire body. The edges of these markings (also known as
the 'kiwa') must be very defined, or as they say, 'sharp as a
The hi color may vary from koi to koi, but it should be of
uniform hue within an individual koi.
The red markings on the body must be artistically
This means that they must not be confined to one side or one
end of the koi only. An equal distribution of shiro and
hi is preferred, so in general a koi heavily marked with red
or predominantly white in color is not desired.
The reticulation effect on the red markings comes from the
dark blue color of the edge of each red scale. If the
scales are lined up in straight rows, they exhibit a perfect
netting effect that looks very beautiful. Koromo koi with perfect reticulation
on the red markings are therefore desirable.
A clean and unblemished head is also a sought-after trait of a
Please see separate article on
The Ideal Koi Body.