At first, the two don’t seem to fit. A Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment and literally translates to a thing to wear.
And then there’s this:
Itchiku Kubota is a textile artist and painter. His inspiration stemmed from a deep-rooted interest in the long forgotten form of Tsujigahana – a Japanese technique that involves the dyeing, brush painting, embroidery, and metallic leaf.
After a visit to the Tokyo national museum at the age of 20, he vowed to bring back this dye-ing art.
During an interview, Mr.Kubota explains
“I want the fabric to express something. I want people to feel something. That is the hard part. That is the challenge. That is the effect I want. Art that speaks to people. Art that tells them something.“
In the book and video series, Kimono As Art, you get a step-by-step look at the making of his pieces.
Lauren Brevner explains: “I find an immense beauty in art that is produced from labour. The dedication, skill, and patience that come with the meticulous and calculated tasks are awe-inspiring. Itchiku Kubota spent his life reviving a lost art so that we may experience what could have been history.”
His works remain at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Kawaguchi-ko, Yamanashi, Japan.
You can also see more of his incredible work on here.