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Keeping Up Appearances: Traded Cottons (sarasa) and Edo knock-offs,SA 5006 Australia

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+10

Keeping Up Appearances: Traded Cottons (sarasa) and Edo knock-offs,SA 5006 Australia


Indian cotton textiles, block printed, resist dyed and painted were traded around the world for hundreds of years. Known as sarasa (calicos & chintz), fragments have been unearthed in Fostat, Egypt, dating from the 14th century. The Arabs bought Indian sarasa textiles to Indonesia in exchange for spices. The finer cloths became markers of high status.

Later, when European traders came to Southeast Asia, aggressive competition centred on textiles and the spice trade. Here the story turns to Japan. The Dutch traded saris textiles into Japan during the early Edo Period of the 17th century. They were immediately absorbed into Japanese culture and due to their great expense were made into fashionable wrappings, pouches and purses, and covers for tea utensils. A Japanese sarasa inspired textile printing industry began in the 18th century and local production led to the manufacture of clothing as well. The development of this important and unique industry is the focus of David Button’s talk and will illuminate a little recognised element of Edo style.


October 11, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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SA 5006 Australia
Free parking on site 241 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide, Australia
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