Enjimushi (Cochineal) - left (118 L)

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Uemura 06-04-2009 118.jpg


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Museum number 118
Uemura number / title ; "Haze-some 25"
Folder location 2nd shelf
Sample location left (118 L)
Fiber type silk
Color red (bluish)
Dyestuff (Japanese common name) 臙脂虫 : Enjimushi
Dye (English common name) Cochineal
Plant part insect /dried
Dyestuff extraction boiled in water
Auxiliary agent in dye bath -
Mordant alum
Other auxiliary agent vinegar
Uemura's notes By mordanting with alum, the resultant color would become less yellow, and become deeper red. By adding ash water, the color would become purple. This phenomena would be also seen when dyeing with brazilwood in combination with the same auxiliary agents; although the results are more subtle.
Uemura's date Kyoto