Beguiling Beni: Safflower Red in Japanese Fashion

The Japanese dye 'beni', made from safflower petals, produces red hues and an iridescent green. This display reveals its many uses in fashion, from heel-less shoes by Noritaka Tatehana, to textiles, cosmetics and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

This display is now closed at V&A South Kensington

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Heel-less shoes, by Noritaka Tatehana, 2021, Japan. Museum no. FE.202-2022. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London