The silk embedded in these acrylic bangles is hand stencil-dyed in Japan, using beautiful sarasa patterns from the Muromachi Period (A.D. 1392 – 1571) and a centuries old silk dyeing technique popularized during the Edo Period (A.D. 1615-1867). Hence, the silk is known as Edo Sarasa. Although intricate sarasa patterns in the past have used as many as 300 stenciled layers of color, today the patterns are more commonly created using about 30 separate layers. In Japan sarasa silk is still used for making elegant kimono but the specialized techniques for producing the most intricate sarasa patterns are now practiced and preserved by only a few highly skilled artisans.
Our sarasa bangles are available in a range of distinctive patterns and in two widths, narrow and wide. Each bangle is unique because the pattern used is larger than the bangle. A solid colored, silk drawstring bag is included with each bangle. Note that the wide bangles slide on and off over the hand, so they require a moderately large hand to prevent the bangle from slipping off too easily. The narrow bangle fits most hands and wrists.
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