Benibana (Safflower) - bottom (239 B)

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Uemura 07-23-2009 239.jpg


Uemura 07-23-2009 239 UV.jpg

Museum number 239
Uemura number / title ; "Haze-some 25"
Folder location 4th shelf
Sample location bottom (239 B)
Fiber type silk
Color pinkish red
Dyestuff (Japanese common name) 紅花 : Benibana
Dye (English common name) Safflower
Dyestuff (botanical name) Carthamus tinctoris L.
Plant part flower petal / dried
Dyestuff extraction boiled in water (?)
Auxiliary agent in dye bath -
Mordant -
Other auxiliary agent vinegar (separate bath)
Uemura's notes This color is what was called "Beni ()" in the Buyakuryo (), the 8th century AD, Japan. The plant was also read in Japanese classic poems in the Manysh () from the 7th -8th century AD: (volume 12); (volume 12); and (volume 11).
Uemura's date Kyoto Murasakino