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About Colors of Cohana

Cohana uses traditional Japanese colors that reflect the changing of the seasons.

  • 黄水仙 きすいせん

    Kisuisen
    The bright yellow color of daffodils. It is called ‘daffodil yellow’ in English, and ‘jonquille’ in French. It is said that the daffodil got its Japanese name (‘suisen’, literally meaning water sage) because its appearance of purity is like that of a sage.

  • 薔薇色 ばらいろ

    Bra-iro
    The color of roses. In Japan, happy thoughts about good events are expressed as ‘a rose-colored future.

  • 水浅葱 みずあさぎ

    Mizuasagi
    A blue color with a hint of green. This pale indigo dye has a green hue, and is often called ‘mizuasagi’.

  • 露草色 つゆくさいろ

    Tuyukusa-iro
    The color of Asiatic dayflowers. The water taken up by the flower is called ‘aobana’, which we have used to draw rough sketches for dyeing. In the old days, Japanese people used to call this ‘tsukikusa’, and used it to dye clothing.

  • 深川鼠 ふかがわねず

    Fukagawanezu
    A bright grey with a hint of blue. The English equivalent is ‘sky gray’. The name of the color comes from the kimonos that fashionable young people of Kiba, Edo Fukagawa, and geishas started to wear during the Edo period. A chic color of the unique Japanese aesthetic quality, ‘iki’.

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