Sarasa zufu [trans.: Pictorial Record of Foreign Designs].
by INABA, Michitatsu.
54 full-page woodcuts. 46 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. blind-stamped decorated wrappers, orig. block printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: Inaba, 1785. Second edition (1st ed.: 1781, an impossibly rare book). In the 17th and 18th centuries, there was an active trade between India and Japan, importing Indian "sarasa" chintz -- a highly glazed printed calico -- from the Coromandel coast to the island nation. Manuals were produced in Japan with color directives to encourage Japanese textile printers to copy the Indian designs. In this manual, the author describes the complicated technique in which colors are fixed on the surface of cotton with woodblock mordant stamping. Endless varieties of vegetable, animal, and mineral pigments were employed. The illustrations present what seems to be the infinite variety of possible designs. For each design, there are marginal printed notes regarding name of the pattern, intended colors, and fabric. Fine copy. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5067)
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