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Bengara red-ocher wall

Bengara red-ocher wall
The bengara red-ocher wall in Gion evokes the refined taste of the ancient capital.
Bengara color pigment (the word 'bengara' can be written also with the characters for red-ocher color) is used since ancient times as a paint with preservative and moth prevention effect for the lattice doors or walls of machiya townhouses in Kyoto and also for chinaware, lacquerware, etc. The name 'bengara' originates in the red-brown colored soil of good quality, containing oxidized iron, once produced in the Bengal area of India. It differs from the bright crimson color with its light brown nuance and its dampish brightness has a calming down effect.

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