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Item Japanese Sarasa Cotton Panel
Fabric 100% cotton, heavy-medium weight, Madder Color
hand loomed, homespun
Panel from futon cover
Early 1900s
13.5 inches X 2.1 feet
34 X 63 cm
Very good condition, strong fabric, no holes, no spots
We've washed and ironed this textile, it's ready for your project.
Comments Japanese Sarasa has its origins in the 17th century and the term is derived from the Portuguese word for calico. During the Edo Period, Portuguese traders introduced cotton calicos from India into Japan where these beautiful, exotic fabrics quickly became enormously popular among wealthy samurai and merchant classes. These calicos, with vivid colors and striking abstract geometrics,
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were very distinctive to the Japanese eye when compared with traditional cotton and hemp indigo fabrics. Indian calicos were expensive and small pieces were used to make valuable and colorful items like bags for tea ceremonies, tobacco cases and pouches. The Japanese easily replicated the hitherto expensive Indian calicos into their own style and production techniques. Japanese textile makers applied their indigenous katazome (rice paste resist dyeing and stencils) textile printing skills to making sarasa, characterized by shades of kakishibu (madder, reds and browns) with distinctive Japanese floral designs and geometric shapes. As domestic sarasa became widely produced it became a standard for wider use among the Japanese population.