Shikon (Gromwell root) - left (234 L)

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Uemura 07-23-2009 234.jpg

Museum number 234
Uemura number / title ; "Haze-some 25"
Folder location 4th shelf
Sample location left (234 L)
Fiber type Silk
Color purple
Dyestuff (Japanese common name) 紫根 : Shikon
Dye (English common name) Gromwell root
Dyestuff (botanical name) Lithospermum erythrorhizon Siebold et Zucc. (L. officinale L. subsp. erythrorhizon (Siebold et Zucc.) Hand.-Mazz.)
Plant part root / dried (?)
Dyestuff extraction boiled in water, and dyed in warm bath
Auxiliary agent in dye bath -
Mordant ash water
Other auxiliary agent -
Uemura's notes This purple should be the one recorded in the Buyakuryo (), 8th century AD, Japan. The right sample is the lighter tone (Asamurasaki - )of the left one (Kokimurasaki - ). Since the ancient time, the color called Murasaki () and Hon-murasaki () should be dyed in this manner. The plant was also read in a Japanese classic poem in the Manysh (), volume 3, from the 7th -8th century AD:
Uemura's date Kyoto