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Sometsukasa Yoshioka 染司よしおか, A Botanical Dyer’s Atelier: Post #7, Yellow

Written on June 25, 2009

This post on the botanical dyeworks in Kyoto, Sometsukasa Yoshioka, introduces yellow simply as color, without delving into details on the dyeing technique or its symbolic meaning.

Have look at the dyer dyeing a length of bright, maize yellow colored cloth, the entire time he is doing so he is agitating the cloth for even coverage during the dyeing and rinsing.  And yes, that IS a tree growing in the middle of the room.

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The image, below, was shot in the entrance way to the workshop and shows tree bark with a bright yellow interior.

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I invite you to scroll down through the previous postings to learn more about Sachio Yoshioka, the fifth generation dyer of Kyoto, Japan.  In my first post I offer an introduction to him, and in the subsequent posts, I hope to illustrate his work through photos.

Benibana, or safflower dyeing will be featured in the next post.

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  1. Comment by Agnieszka:

    It’s been a great pleasure to follow this colourful story.
    I hope there would be more than just 11 parts 🙂

    June 25, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  2. Comment by Velma:

    i am so enjoying this series. many thanks.

    June 25, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

  3. Comment by Anaka Narayanan:

    Beautiful colours, and it’s so impressive to see someone use natural dyes with such care to make sure the colours come out evenly.

    July 1, 2009 @ 11:34 am