Rei/ A Late Winter Snow

'Rei/ A Late Winter Snow' is one of the most beautiful of the kimono that form the extraordinary panorama of Symphony of Light. Kubota’s ink-drawn trees and the floral motifs hidden in the snow-covered craggy hills are evocative of the early Chinese and Japanese literati paintings. The puffy pinpoints of light created by shibori tie-dye offer one interpretation of the snowflakes that fall lightly over the landscape here. Another version, one with small, flat quasi-circular images, was formed by a rice paste resist (sometimes called ‘makinori’) sprinkled over the fabric before it was dyed.

Number in the collection: 27
Series: Symphony of Light
Dimensions: 198 x 139 cm
Technique: Tie-dyeing, ink painting on silk crepe (chirimen) with silver wefts
Kimono type: Kosode (short sleeve)
Catalogue reference: IKMC-058
Created by: Itchiku Kubota
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