Review: Kyo-No-Oto Imayouiro

If there are inks to tell you about the history of Japan, that would be the Kyoto inks. Kyo-no-oto inks are made using traditional dyeing techniques – all 5 inks in this series feature colours from the past, popular since the Heian era, about 1000 years ago.

Somehow, the inks feel more organic and authentic, colours are usually slower to show, as compared to the modern, high-pigment inks gaining popularity these days.

Kyo-no-oto inks appear wetter, and are more boisterous than the sister series, Kyo-iro. Kyo-iro series are named after the former capital of Japan, Kyoto, and acts as time stamps for typical colours of those days. Kyo-no-oto series aims to capture the finer aspects of the city, almost like the “heartbeat” of the city.

Imayouiro was a popular hue in the Heian era, almost like the feeling I had when I first met Fuchsia. It was inspired by the safflower dyes popular during the Heian-era, this was one of the colours historically used as rouge or for dyeing textiles.


(Scale of 1 to 5)

Dry time (1=slow, 5=fast)

Flow (1=dry, 5=wet)

Shading (1=low, 5=high)

Thanks to @missmuffat for this review.

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