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Sometsukasa Yoshioka 染司よしおか, A Botanical Dyer’s Atelier: Post #5, Green

Written on June 21, 2009

Waves of beautifully dyed jade-green chirimen or crepe, silk are seen here drying in the sun at Sometsuka Yoshioka, the botanical dyeworks in Uji, Japan, just across the river from Kyoto city.

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The dyer must constantly agitate the cloth to insure even color absorption in the dyeing and rinsing processes.

The dyer’s colored fingernails, the result of years of immersing his hands into vats of botanical dyes, give him away as being a traditional dyer.

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The next post will show traditional dyeing using shikon or gromwell root, and the result yields rich tones of cool purple.  A stunning color— and one found very often in country dyeing as well as in the dyeing of formal garments.

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  1. Comment by AM:

    Lovely series of posts on Yoshioka.

    June 21, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  2. Comment by shiborigirl:

    fantastic! the green is magnificent!! must learn more

    July 4, 2009 @ 3:37 pm