In the last two articles (TOKYO-ZOME Part 1 & Part 2) of this KIMONO Colum, I talked about TOKYO-ZOME.

EDOSARASA2The last item of it is “EDO-SARASA” (江戸更紗: EDO’s chintz).

It was 400-650 years ago when a chintz was introduced in Japan for the first time by importing from India, Thailand and Indonesia.

Afterward, Japanese people created their original beautiful chintz and named it “EDO-SARASA”.

EDOSARASA1The majority of the motifs used are flowers, birds and other animals and also human figures in a highly exotic touch.

So we can say that it was developed by Japanese natural features and specific authentic sense.

Production process

 

 

To make an EDO-SARASA, usually 30 to 40 versions of patterns are prepared and painting is done one color by one color, sometimes around 300 patterns are used to make top-notch kinds.

 

 

One of the two major brands of EDO-SARASA is “SARAJIN” (更甚) which started from the late EDO Period.
The EDO-SARASA of SARAJIN distributing today is of its second generation called “NIDAIME SARAJIN” (二代目更甚, SARAJIN The Second) which I used to deal with before, however, the atelier was closed.

Maker

NIDAIME SARAJIN (left) and SANDAIME SARAKATSU (right)

The second is “SANDAIME SARAKATSUNIDAIME SARAJIN” (三代目更勝, SARAKATSU The Third).

These companies once got its peak of prosperity face very difficult time now.

As it is tremendously time and labor consuming and it is very hard to continue EDO-SARASA business over time due to the difficulty to train craftsmen as well as sluggish sales resulting from the unbalance of supply and demand.

It is the responsibility of KIMONO shops like myself not to interrupt the EDO-SARASA production by introducing it and explaining the value to many people as possible as we could.