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What is special about Itchiku Kubota's work? The colours are unbelieveable. He hand painted & dip-dyed over and over again to build up harmonies of incredible subtlety & richness. He revived an ancient shibori technique called tsujigahana and developed it using modern dyes and methods: nvolves brush painting the outline design onto the tacked together kimono and adding intricate sumi ink paintings, then stitching and binding miniscule portions of the silk, dyeing them by hand....

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Outer robe (uchikake) with theme of Mount Hôrai, Edo period (1615–1868), second half of 18th–first half of 19th century Japan Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin damask with stencil-dyed details

Cotton and silk dress by Claire McCardell for Townley Frocks, American, ca. 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.