15 EUR

Pair of small kimono–fabric hair slides in shades of grey and blue. /  Pareja de pasadores pequeños de tela de quimono, en tonos grises y azules.

Futaba’s jewellery stems from the desire to adapt traditional Japanese fabric–printing techniques to create contemporary pieces.

Edo Sarasa printed fabric, as used inside this range, was developed in Edo (present–day Tokyo) during the Edo period (1603–1868).

Painted, printed and wax–resist cotton fabrics from India and South–East Asia were introduced to Japan by European traders during the Muromachi period (1336–1573). They were known as sarassa after the Portuguese term for calico (in turn derived from the Hindi sarassa, meaning ‘superior’) and became very popular among the wealthy samurai and merchant clases.

Eventually, Japanese craftsmen developed their own interpretations of these imported fabrics. The domestic version included distinctively Indian floral patterns along with new Japanese floral and geometric motifs, generally in a palette of reds and browns. Local printing techniques such as rice paste resist dyeing and stencils were applied to the production process.

As the fabric used inside each hair slide is cut from a larger piece, all are different.

Matching hairpins also available.

• Silk fabric set in acrylic resin
• 1.7 x 7 cm
• Made in Japan