Shikon (Gromwell root) - top (236 T)

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Uemura 07-23-2009 236.jpg

Museum number 236
Uemura number / title ; "Haze-some 25"
Folder location 4th shelf
Sample location top (236 T)
Fiber type Silk
Color light purple (slightly reddish)
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
Auxiliary agent in dye bath -
Mordant ash water (less quantity)
Other auxiliary agent -
Uemura's notes If the amount of ash water would be less during the dyeing process, the resultant color would be more red. This color should be what was called "Aka murasaki ()" in the Nihon-shoki (), 720 AD ; "Ebizome ()" in the Ebukuryo (), the 8th century AD; and "Murasaki-sou ()" in the Hitachi fudoki (), 721 AD.
Uemura's date Kyoto