A&S 2021SS Botanical Dyes March

The focus of our Arts & Science 2021 Spring / Summer collection is our original <Botanical Dyes>. These special items dyed using 2 to 4 types of plant ingredients are now available in our shop, launching new styles up until July. They are dyed with dyes from plants that are in representative of each month, expressing the quaint expressions distinct of the seasons and color representations in Japan. In this feature, we will introduce the three types of colors that are currently being developed, along with the introduction of our new styles.

In March, we are producing dyes using clove, logwood, and azalea in our March theme, “Nakaharu (mid-Spring).”

* In this feature, we continue to introduce our items dyed with several kinds of plant dyes that that are developed for every month from February to July. Please see the past publications from the link below.
A&S 2021SS Botanical Dyes: February / April / May

Clove khaki orange

Clove (Myrtaceae, Syzygium)

【Japanese color name】 Kigaracha (Yellow sparrow tea)

“Cloves” used in these dyes are well known as spices. It is the dried bud from clove trees, which origins are in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. In addition to spices, cloves can also be used as a herbal medicine. It has been used as a dye for a long time in history and in Japan the color was preferred by aristocrats during the Heian period (794 ~ 1185). It is also called “kouzome (fragrance dye),” because the scent remains after the cloth is dyed, and it was said that the herbal effect can be obtained with this scent.

Clove (Myrtaceae, Syzygium)
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  • ITEM
    Ethnic pants long
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Clove khaki orange (Photo), log wood blue, azalea dark orange
  • SIZE
    1, 2, 3
  • PRICE
    ¥56,100
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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Log wood blue

Log wood/Corymbia opaca (Fabaceae, genus Corymbia)

【Japanese color name】 Rurikon (Ruri navy blue)

A leguminous tree native to Central and South America. A wide range of colors can be extracted by taking the dye from materials from the core of the tree and adjusting the pH. It has long been said that all colors can be brought out, and even black can also be produced. The dye was used on piano keyboards before the development of chemical dyes. Other famous examples include Admiral Lord Nelson's marine jacket and Napoleon's frock coat.

Log wood/Corymbia opaca (Fabaceae, genus Corymbia)
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  • ITEM
    Front open tuck braid dress
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Log wood blue (Photo), clove khaki orange, azalea dark orange
  • SIZE
    1
  • PRICE
    ¥115,500
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Tuck easy pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% hemp
  • COLOR
    Log wood blue (Photo), clove khaki orange, azalea dark orange
  • SIZE
    1, 2, 3
  • PRICE
    ¥59,400
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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Azalea dark orange

Azalea (Ericaceae, Azalea genus)

【Japanese color name】 Tan

The flowers are widely spread mainly in Asia and is also the national flower of Nepal. Many beautiful cultivars have been born in Japan in history, and a wide variety of azaleas are in full bloom from early spring to early summer. In haiku (Japanese poems), the flower is a seasonal word that refers to spring, so the vocabulary is well known to express the seasons of Japan. The dye is extracted from the petals and at A&S we take their bright orange tones.

Azalea (Ericaceae, Azalea genus)
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  • ITEM
    Lartigue shirt OOP
  • MATERIAL
    100% hemp
  • COLOR
    Azalea dark orange (Photo), clove khaki orange, log wood blue
  • SIZE
    1, 2, 3
  • PRICE
    ¥66,000
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    String gather yoke pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Azalea dark orange (Photo), clove khaki orange, log wood blue
  • SIZE
    1
  • PRICE
    ¥52,800
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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About botanical dyes

Botanical dyeing is a special technique that extracts natural pigments from plants, (flowers, leaves, roots, stems, trees, bark, fruits, etc.) produced without using a mordant*.
As the fabric adsorbs starch made of protein blended with a very small percentage of chemical dyes, it is possible to bring out the vivid color of the plant itself at the same time preventing future discoloration due to sunlight and washing. Naturally-derived dyes contain many variations of pigments in one color, and each of the color diffusely reflected by light gives an impression of a three-dimensional, expressive hue visible to the human eye.

The reason behind why A&S chooses to develop natural dyes lies in our desire to express the living colors derived from the raw materials, and to honor the wisdom and technology that have been passed down from generation to generation. We respect the actions took to keep these skills intact and the special outcomes in the extensive process. We find this added value portrays a meaningful message when we create our collections. You can experience the tasteful seasons of Japan solely in the colors themselves.

*mordant = A substance that helps to fix dyes to fibers

INFORMATION

  • ※ Please note the screen appearance of colors may vary from the actual item depending on the model, standards, and settings of your display and monitor.
    ※ For inquiries, please contact each shop directly or use our contact form.
    ※ Please note items may not be available due to limited quantities.
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