Japanese Sarasa had its origins in the 16th 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, were very distinctive to the Japanese eye. This pieces were used to make valuable and colorful items like bags for tea ceremonies and pouches.
Already skillful at making distinctive textiles, the Japanese easily replicated the hitherto expensive Indian calicos into their own style and production techniques.
While maintaining the eye-catching floral and scallop Indian fabric patterns, Japanese textile makers applied their indigenous katazome
(rice paste resist dyeing and stencils) textile printing skills to making domestic sarasa, characterized by shades of kakishibu (madder, reds and browns) with distinctive Japanese floral designs and geometric shapes.
A superb textile with complex and detailed patterns of squares and triangles. This material was only used by upper-class people, as it was extraordinarily expensive those days.
The patterns and color tones have been succeeded over generations since then, and not faded away at all in modern time.
Reliable technique and passion contained in this calico can be felt on your hands when you purchase it.