Beguiling Beni: Safflower Red in Japanese Fashion

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  • On now until Sunday, 31 March 2024

  • Room 45 – Toshiba Gallery

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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.

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