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.