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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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  • Andy Plautz

    This is the most amazing collection I've ever seen. Saw it at The National Gallery of Art. Absolutely incredible!! Every stitch, every color, applied done by hand. Look up the rest of his work! There's a book available

  • Amy Laslow

    Andy ... I purchased the book prior to seeing the exhibit mainly for the technique as a fiber artist and lover of all things Japanese and although the pics are extremely detailed and beautiful, nothing compares to seeing the kimono in person. The artistry and vision required to produce this ancient technique is mind blowing!!! Please promise me though ... If you ever travel to Japan, make the effort to visit his studio/museum located just outside of Tokyo (near Kamakura/Mt Fuji region) ... More awe awaits!!!

  • Andy Plautz

    I agree. I has to be seen in person for sure. His vision and talent is truly something to behold! Thanks for travel tip! Would surely love to visit. Can't imagine he could have done anything more incredible though!

Itchiku Kubota - Tsujigahana

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Hand woven wool, shibori resist, dyed with natural indigo and walnut.

A Northern Japanese indigo dyed shibori juban