Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Sarasa

Edo Sarasa Photo

This is Edo ’s interpretation of colorful fabrics from India.
Sarasa (calico) pattern, originating in India more than 3,000 years ago, is cotton dyed with five colors (dark red, indigo, green, yellow, and brown). It became popular and developed in Asia and Europe, reflecting local histories and cultures. Sarasa is said to have come to Japan in the 14th through 16th centuries. Edo Sarasa (printed silk calico) is the result of special development, applying the traditional Japanese Katazome (stencil dyeing) dyeing method to create complex patterns with multiple colors. By repeating the Katazome process 20 times for less complex patterns or 90 times for more intricate patterns, gradations became possible using undertones of similar colors. Shading and gradation are created through the dye craftsman’s skill in controlling the brushes to rub dyes into the material. Different from foreign printed cotton which use mainly primary colors to create multi-color patterns, Edo Sarasa features staid, deep colors. Edo Sarasa is venturing into designing new clothing accessories, including stoles, and interior furnishing items such as partitions. The blend of exotic patterns with the colors of Edo’s aesthetic offers buyers a beauty that transcends cultural boundaries.
Tokyo Order-Made Dyeing Association
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