kariyasu 苅安
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Also written 刈安. The name of a yellow dye, and the plant from which it is taken. Kariyasu is a tall grass Miscanthus tinctorus which grows on mountain slopes in Japan. The stems and leaves are harvested in autumn and boiled in water, producing a yellow colour considered to be one of the most traditional, representative Japanese dye colors. When used with an alum mordant kariyasu gives a mustard colour karashi-iro 芥子色, and an iron mordant produces moss green uguisu-iro 鴬色. Kariyasu is also combined with indigo *ai 藍 to give a grass-green colour *moegi-iro 萌葱色.


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