Other Purples: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Kamakura Village by Katsushika Hokusai

Other Purples: In addition to dayflower + safflower, other red and blue colorants combined through overprinting or mixing have been found to create purple.

Other combinations detected so far are:

  • indigo, iron oxide red
  • indigo, safflower


  • dayflower, sappanwood
  • Prussian blue, safflower


Examples of Other purples in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

List of Prints

Below is a list of prints where the various purple mixtures were detected.