22.50 EUR15.75 EUR

Small purse made of printed silk with a pattern of carnations and with an off-centre kiss lock closure.

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

Edo Sarasa printed fabric, as used for this purse, 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 for each purse is cut from a larger piece, all are different.

• 100% silk, lining 100% nylon, metal frame
• Sponge clean with a damp cloth
• 9 x 9 x 2 cm
• Made in Japan