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Kimono as Art

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This lavishly illustrated book showcases fifty-five masterworks by Japanese kimono artist Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003). Initially determined to unlock the secrets of dyed and painted Japanese textiles of the fourteenth to early seventeenth centuries, Kubota ultimately invented a unique method of decoration. His work combines stitch-resist and ink drawing with a complex layer ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 27th 2008 by Thames & Hudson
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 02, 2013 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it it was amazing
‘Landscapes in silk’

Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003) learned the art of dyeing as an apprentice. During a visit to the Tokyo National Museum at the age of 20, he was inspired by seeing a 350 year old silk remnant of the lost art of tsujigahana (a fabric dyeing and decorating technique). During World War II, Kubota was taken prisoner and was a prisoner of war in a Siberian camp until 1951. After his release, he devoted himself to trying to find the secret behind the tsujigahana technique. Unfortunately
May 16, 2011 Phoenix rated it it was amazing
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I stumbled upon Itchiku Kubota's work when I saw this book come up repeatedly in my Amazon searches for kimono fashion. I decided to google his name and my breath was taken away by his masterpieces in textile art.

Itchiku Kubota was a kimono-designer who apprenticed from an early age. He was a siberian POW and got inspired to do his ichigahana series 'Symphonies of Light' when he returned to post-war Japan. He reinvented and updated the old resist dyeing technique of 14th century Japan in his mo
Kate Coombs
Dec 22, 2008 Kate Coombs rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Itchiku Kubota's work years ago and have been trying to get my hands on the book that went with his exhibit of landscape kimonos ever since--well, there's a new book out (based on a new exhibit)! Itchiku Kubota spent 20 years refining a 17th-century silk dying technique and then set out to portray the seasons and moments of nature's beauty in a grand series of kimonos. Here's his story, along with photos of the pieces he completed. Wow!
Jul 07, 2009 Lesley rated it it was amazing
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Wow, what a fascinating and beautiful book! I loved looking at the artwork of the kimonos, with their incredible depictions of the seasons. The color is amazing! I appreciated the close-up shots that showcased the embroidery. I'd never heard of Itchiku Kubota until this book came through my department at work. What a treat!
Feb 14, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Kubota's kimono are technically amazing. Some of his designs are gorgeous--I loved the subtle colors of his snow scenes--but many of his designs are too bright for me and border on looking like tie dye or a 1990s neo-hippie quilt.
Feb 21, 2011 Lorie added it
This looks so amazing, can't wait to get into it..Amazing dedication to art and technique. I would so like to see one of his creations in person. Well worth reading if you enjoy traditional Japanese craft and technique.
Mar 05, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
Incredibly lavish. This isn't a book you read so much a treasure and return every so often, for peace and inspiration.
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