Description Kuretake Meiji No Iro Shikon ink is a rich medium toned shade of purple, and comes as a 3ml sample in a plastic vial with a dip at the bottom to allow you to easily get every drop, labeled with the name of the ink brand and color. Shikon ink is based on a color that was so popular for women's clothing that the Meiji Era was nicknamed the Purple Era. Kuretake ZIG is honoring their 120th anniversary by going back to the Meiji Era of Japan with MEIJI NO IRO Inks! During this era more than a century ago, new developments in clothing production and the introduction of Western methods like the use of synthetic dyes made more colors accessible in Japan. With new fabric techniques came new colors and gradients that became more popular, and eventually came to define the colors of the Meiji Era. These brilliant colors can be used in Kuretake Karappo pens, dip pens, fountain pens and more! Having trouble deciding between colors? Use our Ink Comparison Tool to quickly and easily view different colors side by side. We offer Free Shipping on all orders over $50 for US customers, and for orders over $250 for our Canadian customers.