Dayflower blue

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Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis)


A blue dye extracted from the petals of the Commelina communis lily plant native to Asia. The blue colorant in the dayflower blue dye is primarily commelinin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tsuyukusa (Jap.); aigami (Jap.); commelinin; Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower)

Paper dyed with dayflower blue

Physical and Chemical Properties

ISO R105 Lightfastness Classification =

Additional Information

  • S.Shimoyama, Y.Noda, S.Katshuhara, "Non-Destructive Analysis of Ukiyo-E Prints" Dyes in History and Archaeology, No.15, Paper presented in Manchester England, Nov. 1996.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R.Feller, M.Curran, C.Bailie, 'Identification of Traditional Organic Colorants Employed in Japanese Prints and Determination of their Rates of Fading', Japanese Woodblock Prints, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, 1984

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