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Opulence: The Kimonos and Robes of Itchiku Kubota

Kubota, Itchiku

ISBN 10: 4770011369 / ISBN 13: 9784770011367
Published by Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1984., 1984
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Folio. softcover. 148pp. colour illus. Including two large 5 page fold-outs. Very good. / Very good d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 46956

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Title: Opulence: The Kimonos and Robes of Itchiku ...

Publisher: Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1984.

Publication Date: 1984

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Because no instructions survive that explain how to reproduce the complex decorative techniques seen in tsujigahana, and because the silk fabric necessary for its successful production (nerinuki) is no longer woven, Kubota was forced to experiment on his own for decades. In 1962, Kubota decided that there were too many technical problems surrounding his mission to recreate traditional tsujigahana. He would instead develop his own form of tsujigahana, called "Itchiku Tsujigahana," substituting a contemporary silk crepe fabric (chirimen) for nerinuki and synthetic dyes for natural colors. In 1977, when Kubota was 60 years old, he displayed his decorated kimono for the first time in an exhibition in Tokyo. Itchiku Kubota has devoted himself to creating a modified version of the lost art of tsujigahana, a complex method of tie-dyeing embellished with intricate embroidery, elaborate brush painting, sumi ink drawing and gold-leaf application. The technique, often referred to as "illusionary dyeing," flourished in Japan during the 14th to 16th centuries.

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