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 represent purple.

Other combinations detected so far are:

  • dayflower, sappanwood
  • indigo, safflower
  • Prusssian blue, safflower


For more information see: Turmeric, Turmeric (Curcuma longa) LC

Examples of Other purples in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Indigo FORS.JPG
Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

Indigo FORS.JPG
Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

Indigo FORS.JPG
Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

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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.