Sakura-Pink Silk Scarf | Pure Plant Dye
2 to 3 days
2 to 7 days
Once Hidden Now Found - Sakura Pink
This Sakura-Pink, Hand-Dyed Whisper Stole gets its gentle pastel color from one source and one source alone: from Japan's acclaimed Sakura Tree.
In Japan, the pink bloom of the Sakura (cherry) Tree signals the arrival of spring. Yet generation after generation of plant-dye artist tried, and failed, to extract the delicate pink dye from the tree itself and instead used other plant-dye substitutes to mimic the pink hue. A common guess is the pigment for dye might come from the lovely pink petals themselves. But nature rarely reveals its secrets that easily. Some dye-artists had even thought it to be impossible to get any real, usable petal-pink color from the tree. And it was, until now.
Where is Sakura Pink?
Maito Design Works, together with Yumezaiku Dye Studio (Mr. Maito pictured here), are the first in Japan to reliably produce this soft Sakura Pink using 100 Percent material from the Sakura tree itself. But it was not easy to find and only over the course of years and numbers of trials and errors would jonly the Sakura Pink Dye finally reveal itself. The breezy pink was finally found quietly resting in an unlikely and curious little place in the tiny twigs closest to the maturing cherry buds. To extract the color, the twigs are gathered just before the cherry tree flowers bloom in the early spring. These twigs are then put through a lengthy process where they are repetitively simmered and cooled, for up to 40 days. This resulting solution is then further aged sometimes almost up to another ninety days. The silk Whisper scarf is then hand-dyed by experienced, Japanese dye artisans to achieve the extraordinary Sakura Pink color.
- Material: Silk
- Size: about 40 X 180cm
- Hand-dyed: the scarf is individually with natural, 100 percent dye from the Sakura Tree
- Color Variations: May have some slight variations from scarf to scarf and from photos here
- Wash: Hand wash, mild soap, lukewarm water
- Dry: Natural dry out of the direct sunlight
- Gift Box: white gift box included as seen in photos