2020 Spring - Summer NATURE DYE 菜の花 #02 2020 Spring - Summer NATURE DYE 菜の花 #02

NATURE DYE- 菜の花 2020 Spring - Summer NATURE DYE Nanohana #02





Natural Dyes and Plant DyeingNATURE DYE products and Mr. Ueno’s plant dyeing have a commonality in that both are “natural origin” raw materials. As I talked to Mr. Ueno about plant dyeing, he mentioned “Shennong,” who was the originator and inventor of agriculture and medicine that have existed in ancient China since 4,000-5,000 years ago. Shennong is also revered as a god who has given all kinds of agricultural and medical knowledge to the people, enriching their lives. Mr. Ueno continued to talk about Shennong’s genius concerning the internal and external use of herbs, that “illness is cured through eating herbs (internal use), and, if that does not work, it will be cured by affixing them to yourself (external use).”

Mr. Ueno applies Shennong’s words to his own plant dyeing, meaning that you can be “cured by affixing them to yourself (external use),” and this seems to consist of the theory that waves from plants. When affixed to cloth, it will repel bad bacteria. Just as indigo-dyed clothes have the effect of keeping the body from cooling, the effects also depend on the raw materials that are used. Effects from plant dyeing are also said to be more effective for clothes that are close to the body, such as socks and undergarments.


In addition to homegrown plant dyeing raw materials, he also had more than a dozen kinds of turmeric and amla, all ordered from India. Excess dyeing solution is used as a fertilizer for the fields, creating a naturally circulating cycle.


Mr. Ueno said that this was the first time that his harvested nanohana became a dyeing ingredient and that there seemed to be good compatibility between the plant (nanohana) and animal (merino wool) materials, even in dyeing. Mr. Ueno tries to choose things that are good for his own body so as to draw out the natural healing powers of human beings.


The nanohana grows well in the clean air, and Kamogawa Oyama Senmaida, one of Japan’s 100 best rice terraces, can be seen nearby as verdant, abundant nature spread all around us. NATURE DYE’s bright and warm colors reflect the beautiful nature rooted in this climate.

2020年5月24日(日) May 24, 2020

写真: ナタリー・カンタクシーノ
映像: 小丸直樹
文章: メディアサーフコミュニケーションズ株式会社

Photographer: Nathalie Cantacuzino
Cinematographer: Naoki Komaru
Text: Media Surf Communications Inc.