The art of Dorozome seeps deep into the history of the island of Amami-Oshima. Historically, the natural dye (derived from Sharimbai, or wood chips from the Japanese Hawthorne tree) were used to color natural silk, used in the production of Kimono. Recounting the history of the island, in 1609 Amani-Oshima was invaded and controlled by Samurai, who ordained the expulsion of any silk garb by the working class. This blanket ordinance assisted in developing the industry of Dorozome dyeing on the island. There was a surge in demand for silk kimono clothing discreetly dyed using the Dorozome method, to conceal the silk DNA of the garments.