(Late winter snow scene) "zero" by Japanese Master Itchiko Kubota. Overcoming war and poverty, he spent more than 40 years in search of the centuries-old dying technique, finally finding the secret at age 60. Kimonos Art, Japan Culture, Itchiku Tsujigahana, Itchiku Kubota, Beautiful Kimonos, Kubota Kimonos, Japanese Textiles, Textiles Artists, Asian Fabrics Kimonos
Well firstly, the colours are unbelieveable. He hand painted and dip-dyed over and over again to build up harmonies of incredible subtlety and richness. He revived an ancient shibori technique called tsujigahana and developed it using modern dyes and methods. It basically involves 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
"Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota" at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, is the most stunning, amazing textile art. Mr. Kubota is (or more likely at this point in time, was) one of Japan's Living National Treasures for reviving and expanding on a particular ancient tie-dyeing technique.