I Love Kimono

The best Kimono are among the most beautiful textile objects in the world, and the “fine art” Kimono, produced by the late Kubota Itchiku, hold a place close to my heart. They are truly stunning.

Although Japanese shops can be among the brashest and, at times, the trashiest anywhere, when it comes to selling traditional artefacts the Japanese flair for beautiful design comes to the fore, and this is very much true of Kimono.
So to give you an idea of why I love them so much, here are some photographs that I took in Tokyo a few years ago – I’m sorry about the quality of the shots and the glass reflections!

"Rurikon" 1983 - Kubota Itchiku

“Rurikon” 1983 – Kubota Itchiku

Itchiku Kubota was born in 1917, and died in 2003. Kubota devoted the second half of his life to developing his own style of Kimono making, which included long periods of experimentation where he sought to recreate ancient techniques that had been lost over the ages. In the last two decades of his life he worked on large series of oversized “art” Kimono where a landscape image unfolded over several individual pieces. Each Kimono required many hundreds of separate dyeing processes, and the end result is breathtakingly beautiful.

The image above shows  “Obi” for sale in a Japanese department store. Obi are the wide bands tied around the waist over a Kimono.

A dramatic Kimono in a feature display at a Tokyo store.

Detail shot showing the amazing printed and hand-embroidered detail on the Kimono above.

This photograph was taken through the window of a Tokyo store. In spite of the reflections of cars and flowers, I love the abstract composition of this detail shot of part of a Kimono and an Obi.

A detail of another Kimono taken through a shop window.

Another close-up of the same piece.

Another shot in a store.

Display is a form of artwork in itself.

This Kimono was on display in a hotel we stayed at.

As was this one!

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