Traditional Japanese Colors - In Prints


The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. This is the third article in a series in which I explore some of these colors

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After synthetic colors were introduced to Japan in the late 1800s, the colorscape changed quickly. Have a look at these prints from the early 1900s; old colors are strenuously hanging on.









Other articles in this series:

1. Traditional Japanese Colors
2. Traditional Japanese Colors – Modern Trad

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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don’t you think a limited colour palette brings more interesting results?

Mar 21, 2010 (5000 days ago)

@Misato: you mean limiting colors in a single outfit?

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 21, 2010 (5000 days ago)

no, I mean in general. mostly based on the pictures you’ve posted.
I mean, if you have a rainbow palette, it can pop a nice result but it can also be tiresome to the eyes, I prefer a more limited colour palette, and Japanese old dyes have such beautiful colours!

Mar 22, 2010 (5000 days ago)

Are all of these really “prints”? Some of the latter ones look like paintings.

Jae B.
Mar 22, 2010 (5000 days ago)

@Jae B.: They are all prints.
@Misato: I also prefer a limited color palettes; as you can see in the lay-out of the site. However, to demonstrate the wide variety of traditional colors I wanted to show many examples.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 22, 2010 (5000 days ago)

but they use mostly the same colours (that’s what I meant with a limited palette). do any of these examples use synthetic dyes/colours?

Mar 22, 2010 (4999 days ago)

@Misato: I felt that I selected quite a few colors on one page, but I understand what you mean know. I am not trained in recognizing specific synthetic dyes/colors, but I understand that they do.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 22, 2010 (4999 days ago)

love the selection of colors on this page

Mar 24, 2010 (4997 days ago)

@clea: thanks!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 25, 2010 (4997 days ago)

that looks cool

maria j
May 27, 2010 (4933 days ago)

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