‏ Sarasa textile, with a red madder ground

18th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

Sarasa cloths are trade textiles from southeastern coastal India which were imported from India to Japan in the Edo period and had many trade routes through which it arrived there. Dutch, French and English records use the term "sarasa" often and associate it with cotton cloth with floral designs which are mordant and resist dyed.

With a red madder ground, this sarasa which was probably made for Indonesia contains a repetitive leaf and floral pattern and "tumpal ends."


  • Title: ‏ Sarasa textile, with a red madder ground
  • Creator: Unknown Maker(s)
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: Coromandel Coast, made for Sumatran or Javanese market
  • Physical Dimensions: 370 x 108 cm support 114 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Textile
  • Type: Textile
  • Rights: Courtesy of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)
  • Medium: Cotton, hand applied or painted and mordant dyed
  • Museum No.: TXT.00887
  • Department: Textiles, Craft and Design

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