Mud-dyed silk makes highly prized kimonos

By The Kimono Company on 11/02/2015


exhibit of mud-dyed Japanese kimonos

(Credit: New York Times)

The practice of mud-dyeing began in the early 17th century when Japanese samurai conquered the island and demanded its kimonos as tribute. Islanders consequently buried their kimonos to hide them from the samurai, only to discover on digging them up later that the silk fabric had turned a beautiful dark brown colour.

Tags: japanese kimono | tradition | design | silk kimono | dye | samurai

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