Way Back Whensday- Itchiku Kubota

Kimono as Art

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 my favourite - 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 series, Kimono As Art, you get a step-by-step look at the making of his pieces. 


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.

Throughout his lifetime, Itchiku Kubota created a legacy. After his death, it was passed down to his son and successor. His works remain at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Kawaguchi-ko, Yamanashi, Japan. 

This is an image of Kubota's Symphony of Lights, a panoramic landscape painting that flows from kimono to kimono.