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Turmeric Color (Ukon-iro)

This is the color of robes worn by Buddhist monks in countries like India and Sri Lanka. This vivid yellow is the color of turmeric, an essential spice for curry foods. Not only does turmeric keep bacteria away due to strong antibacterial powers, it also believed to fight off evil spirits, so it is also used as sacred color in the religious context.

Japan for Sustainability
Wednesday October 29, 2008

Turmeric arrived in Japan via the Silk Road during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). It is used as the base coloring for the yuzen paste-resist dyeing method, and is also used as the coloring for “takuwan” pickled delicacies made from the daikon radish.

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