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Miscanthus tinctorius grass plant


The Japanese name for a traditional yellow colorant obtained from the Miscanthus tinctorius grass plant native to southeast Asia. The dye is primarily composed of anthraxin and related flavonoids.

Synonyms and Related Terms

kari yasu; kari yasa;

Physical and Chemical Properties

ISO R105 Lightfastness Classification is about 2 (mordanted on alum)

Resources and Citations

  • 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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