Sarasa is a type of patterned dyeing with roots in ancient India. Japanese sarasa was produced throughout Japan in the late Muromachi period (1336-1573). The techniques of Nabeshima-sarasa, which boasted by far the highest quality, were revived during the Showa period by Teruji Suzuta and his son Shigeo. Adding their own ingenuity to an already complex technique by incorporating the use of both woodblocks and paper stencils, they developed Nabeshima-sarasa into their technique Mokuhanzuri-sarasa. The accurate replication of patterns made possible by woodblocks, the arrangement of blank space around the periphery, and the dynamic coloring produce an unparalleled beauty.