Kakimurasaki/ The Uncertainty of Evening

The deepening evening twilight brings purple overtones into the sky that are reflected in the red glow of autumn that bathes the mountains. This much-admired reddish-purple colour was named kakimurasaki (persimmon purple) during the edo period.

The tsujigahana-bedecked slopes of Kakimurasaki/ The Uncertainty of Evening are lavishly shot through with golden threads that gleam luminously in the deepening red and purple overtones of the evening light. Small areas of applied gold leaf also lend additional enchantment to the red glow of autumn. Tie-dyeing was used to produce the puffy white clouds that stand out in contrast to a sky of carefully dyed variegated color. The clouds are reflected in a sea of varying hues and serve to delineate the break between ocean and sky. The red of autumn and the purple of the oncoming night was a much-admired combination called kakimurasaki, or ‘persimmon-purple’, during the Edo period (1617-1868).

Number in the collection: 6
Series: Individual Work
Dimensions: 198 x 139 cm
Technique: Tie-dyeing and ink painting on silk crepe (chirimen) with gold wefts
Kimono type: Kosode (short sleeve)
Catalogue reference: 70
Created by: Itchiku Kubota
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