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I think color is a process not a state. The final color will fade into another shade and so that color that which you believe to be real is only a blossom that will fall from the tree. Here in lies the beauty of shibui colors. Appreciation of the continually changing state of nature through color. Seasons change, colors fade. This I think is what makes the real shibui colors shine. Natural dyes, mordants, tannins etc produce this effect, synthetics do not do this. Natural dyes are born and raised and their components released into fibers to live the remainder of their lives on cloth. This process is key. There are people who learn the art/craft of dyeing, and can refine nature as if by magic. The craft permits the longest life of a specified true natural color to remain on a surface by natural processes.
Natural colors speak the most, they have this incredible story to tell. Why not listen?
Shibui is the state where, process meets shape, and color. The story is told visually and is left up to you to interpret a meaning for yourself.