Waifa

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Flower of pagoda tree Sophora japonica

Description

A yellow-green dye developed from the flower buds of the Japanese pagoda tree, Sophora japonica, native to Japan, China and India. Waifa green is produced by dipping alum mordanted cotton in the flower extract then drying the cloth in the sun.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica, Styphnolobium japonicum)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • F. Crace-Calvert, Dyeing and Calico Printing, Palmer & Howe, London, 1876 Comment: p. 304
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)