Various plants are used as raw materials for dyeing, such as the barks of Japanese star anise (shikimi) and cherry trees, gramineous weeds like anthraxon hispidus (kobunagusa), Japanese walnut (onigurumi), Japanese green alder (yashabushi), and chestnut hulls that are a special products of Tamba. Iron and lye are used as mordants to bring out the distinctive subtle hues of Tamba-fu.


  • Title: Tamba-fu Dyeing
  • Location: Tamba-fu denshokan
  • Subject Keywords: Tamba cloth, Tamba-fu, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Type: textile, cloth, hand woven
  • Rights: Photo: © Tsushima Shuhei
  • External Link: Tamba-fu denshokan

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