A&S 2021SS Botanical Dyes April

〈Botanical Dye〉is one of the main focuses of the Arts & Science 2021 Spring / Summer collection. The timely expressions of Japan are portrayed using various color botanical dyes of the season. For April - "Banshun" (late Spring), light cherry-colored products dyed with cherry blossoms and Shibugamishi (Japanese tanned paper) colored items dyed by Japanese knotweed have now lined up in stores. Here we will introduce each botanical dye together with the different styles.

* 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 / March / May

Cherry blossom pink

Cherry blossom / Rosaceae Plum

【Japanese color name】 Usuzakura

A deciduous broad-leaved tree that grows naturally in the temperate zone of Japan’s Northern Hemisphere well known as the cherry blossom that blooms in spring. There are several endemic species of Japan. The plant that is historically expressed in Japan through many seasonal events, cultures, and references in literature. The color of the flowers varies from white, light red to deep red depending on the type of tree. For A&S dyes, the material extracted from the petals and branch tips was used to make a pale pink tone.

Cherry blossom / Rosaceae Plum
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  • ITEM
    Stitched york shirt
  • MATERIAL
    100% linen
  • COLOR
    Cherry blossom pink (photo), Japanese knotweed mocha pink, Off white, Black
  • SIZE
    1
  • PRICE
    Cherry blossom pink, Japanese knotweed mocha pink: ¥76,200
    Off white, black: ¥68,200
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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Japanese knotweed mocha pink

Japanese knotweed mocha pink / Polygonaceae, Reynoutria

【Japanese color name】Shibugami

Japanese knotweed is a dye made from a perennial plant that grows naturally in various mountain areas. The dioecious sprout that emerges in spring is called Scampo, a well-known plant which has various names depending on the region. The plant is also edible and used as an herbal medicine. Stems and roots are often used as dyes, and are A&S, we developed the arrangement of colors in suppressed tones, much like a Japanese tanned paper - Shibugami (the color of paper painted with persimmon astringency).

Japanese knotweed mocha pink / Polygonaceae, Reynoutria
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  • ITEM
    Button front gather blouse
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo), Off white, Navy blue
  • SIZE
    1
  • PRICE
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink: ¥85,800
    Off white, Navy blue: ¥73,700
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Front string wide pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo), Off white, Natural, Navy blue
  • SIZE
    1
  • PRICE
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo): ¥51,700
    Off white, Natural, Navy blue: ¥45,100
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Military EU shirt
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • COLOR
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo), Navy blue
  • SIZE
    2, 3
  • PRICE
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo): ¥53,900
    Navy blue: ¥47,300
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Balloon ethnic pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% linen
  • COLOR
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo), Natural, Black
  • SIZE
    1, 2, 3
  • PRICE
    Japanese knotweed mocha pink (photo): ¥53,900
    Natural, Black ¥49,500
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP 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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