Dayflower blue

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Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis)


Paper dyed with dayflower blue

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 =

Resources and Citations

  • 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.
  • 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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