Written on June 27, 2009
Some ambient images of red seen at Kyoto’s botanical dyeworks, Sometsukasa Yoshioka. In the box below is the popular Japanese figure Otafuku, a mythic folk heroine who is known as the female half of a comic pair in Japan’s traditional Kyogen theatre, a comic form of entertainment. She is considered to be the embodiment of mirth and is often depicted in Japanese art and folk art: here she is a roly-poly made of papier-mache, and now doubt she is sitting on this shelf to bring good luck.
Please scroll down to see the previous posts on Sometsukasa, the botanical dyeworks in Kyoto and Sachio Yoshioka, the master dyer and cultural historian whose family has been operating this dyeworks for five generations.