A&S 2021SS Botanical Dyes May

〈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. May’s theme is “Shoka” - early Summer. We are introducing naturally dyed items using safflower, leopard plant and mulberry.

* 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 / April

Safflower pink

Carthamus tinctorius/Safflower (Asteraceae, genus Carthamus)

【Japanese color name】 Nakakurenai

The origin of safflower dye is said to be Ethiopia, and it has spread all over the world first to Egypt and then the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. To Japan, it is said the ingredient came from China. Raw materials have a wide range of uses, such as dyes, cooking oils, herbal medicines, and cosmetics. The Japanese color name of Safflower, refers to a bright pale red. The traditional color was also mentioned in the Heian period law code, “Engi-shiki”.

Carthamus tinctorius/Safflower (Asteraceae, genus Carthamus)
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  • ITEM
    Back long blouse
  • MATERIAL
    100% linen
  • PRICE
    Safflower pink (photo), Japanese silver leaf green: ¥49,500
    Off white, navy blue: ¥44,000
    Natural: ¥41,800
  • SIZE
    1
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Dolman sleeve T-shirt
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • PRICE
    Safflower pink (photo), Japanese silver leaf green: ¥48,400
    Off white, natural, black: ¥40,700
  • SIZE
    Free
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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Japanese silver leaf green

Farfugium japonicum/Leopard plant (Asteraceae, genus Farfugium)

【Japanese color name】 Kairyoku

The dye for this silver leaf green is an evergreen perennial plant native to Japan, which resides near the coasts of the island and blooms yellow flowers in early winter. It has been used for gardening and herbal medicine; an ingredient well accustomed with peoples lives through history. At A&S, we have developed the colors in a bright and vivid green.

Farfugium japonicum/Leopard plant (Asteraceae, genus Farfugium)
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  • ITEM
    Fake shirt
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • PRICE
    Safflower pink, Japanese silver leaf green (photo): ¥55,000
    Off white, natural, navy blue: ¥46,200
  • SIZE
    2, 3, 4
  • SHOP
    &SHOP AOYAMA, &SHOP KYOTO
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  • ITEM
    Balky balloon pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • PRICE
    Safflower pink, Japanese silver leaf green (photo), mulberry dark beige: ¥52,800
    Off white, natural, black: ¥46,200
  • SIZE
    0, 1
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI, A&S KYOTO
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Mulberry dark beige

Morus alba/Mulberry (Moraceae, Mulberry)

【Japanese color name】 Kuwazome

Mulberry resides in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere in Japan. It has been widely cultivated for sericulture through history, and there are many varieties. In addition to sericulture, the plant has been used for various purposes such as herbal medicine, edible recipes, and raw materials for papermaking. Mulberry is also characterized by a wide range of shades that has gone through changes depending on the era they were used. At A&S, we have developed them in a brownish yellow.

Morus alba/Mulberry (Moraceae, Mulberry)
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  • ITEM
    Pullover mini collar tunic
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • PRICE
    Mulberry dark beige (photo), Safflower pink: ¥75,900
    Off white, natural, black: ¥64,900
  • SIZE
    1
  • SHOP
    A&S AOYAMA, A&S MARUNOUCHI
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  • ITEM
    Tuck easy pants
  • MATERIAL
    100% cotton
  • PRICE
    Mulberry dark beige (photo), Japanese silver leaf green: ¥57,200
    Off white, natural, navy blue: ¥49,500
  • SIZE
    1, 2, 3
  • 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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