I have a wonderful book called “Kimono as Art – The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota”. He is a master in “Tsujigahana” which is a style of kimono decoration that reached it’s popularity in the last half of the 16th century. He worked to develop “Itchiku tsujigahana”. A little background on his life: At the end of WWII he was released from prisoner of war status and returned home from Siberia. He was 31. After he returned to Japan he went to work as a painter on silk kimonos using a technique call Yuzan dyeing (this is a resist dyeing technique creating designs freehand with a paint brush (hijizone) or with stencils as guides (katazome). He began researching how to create tsujigahana(combining resist and painted flowers). At 44 (1961) he established Itchiku Atelier (Itchiku Kobo) and began in earnest to work on Tsujigahana – at age 59 he achieved success with the completion of Kimono Gen (this garment summed up the completion of his research. In 1977 at age 60 he had his first exhibition of his work in Tokyo. Over the next 25 years he worked his craft, fulfilled his dream of having a place for his collection as he slowly built his own museum close to Mount Fuji. Much of his work is of Mount Fuji. He completed 40 of the 80 kimonos he called the “Symphony of Lights” series before his death at 85 years. This series covers the four seasons including the oceans and universe. His students learned from a master and are completing the 80 kimonos. As you look at his work you see the amazing Shibori stitching, painting and stencil work. Each piece tells a story of history, beauty, tradition and craftsmanship. Itchiku was truly a master of his art. This information is from his son Satoshi.
This is the life of a master artist in his craft – take time to look up more of his outstanding work. Sandra