Onka, traditional garment dyeing from Ancient China


While keeping in contact with one of my favourite stores from Hong Kong Luddite; I was introduced to Onka.





Onka is a man with a deep love for traditional concepts, one, in particular, a natural dyeing method more than one thousand years old.
Natural dyeing such as "indigo" utilises plants to create the colour, root vegetables are another source for such natural dye.








Onka uses from what I can tell is a type of sweet potato, to create the rusty orange/brown colour.






https://youtu.be/6AiSSkPya9Y




Below is a translated post from the video interview.




The American Denim workers' clothing has a history of more than 100 years, and the Japanese blue dyed and persimmon dyed folk costumes have also been recorded for four hundred years. Then, the ancient Chinese workers' clothing is actually a bit of a generous thing? This time, Hong Kong's unique "staining" staff Onka, who followed the 1000th Song Dynasty, dyed clothing techniques in the South China Sea to dye modern clothes.




China's tanning centre has a brown colour, which is actually inferior to Japan's blue dye. However, there is a lack of system in China's art and inheritance. Perhaps it is a phrase "no China after the Song Dynasty" and wants to embody the essence of Chinese culture. Found from the Song Dynasty 1000 years ago.