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|Marigold; saffron yellow. A bright yellow dye taken from the root stalk of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa). Native to tropical regions, the plant was imported to Japan in the mid-Edo period. The root was dried, pulverized and dissolved in water to make the dye; the colour tone could be changed by adding acids or alkalies. Ukon was used alone or overdyed with red safflower *beni 紅.|
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