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2014年12月20日 (土)

Celebrating autumn leaves - and red to infuse energy

Kimonos made in past often had red silk in back lining, just an edge of it you see in the sleeves. Many of the kimono I inherited came with red lining and I used to think it was a dated style.

But later I learned that the red lining is pre-dyed with tarmeric and then dyed with safflower. The particular red for lining is called Momi (kneading), for the color is extracted by kneading flowers. Tarmeric has efficacy to repel insects, and safflower to help blood circulation. It is said that red underwear enhances health, and the potency of red garments with natural dye is proven scientifically.

Girls in past centuries had many tips to enhance their beauty. Nowadays we can infuse red into ourselves through autumn leaves, or 'Momijigari' which is the famous play of Kabuki and Noh act.

(Purple fabric is Nagajuban - long chemise)

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