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    Glossary Term
    Somemono - Textile dyeing, literally "dyed thing"

    (Also "some mono" and "some-mono")

    English Definition:
    Textile dyeing, Literally "dyed thing"

    Refined techniques for dyeing were developed by the late 3rd century A.D. in Japan. A color ranking system was developed in which only certain people of certain social classes were allowed to wear dyed clothing from specific shades of various plants. Detailed recipes for these dyes can be found in the "Engi Shiki," a collection of 50 books from the 10th century, which detail governmental regulations of the time. The Engi Shiki is still considered sacred and guides the Shinto religion of today.

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