Itchiku Kubota: The Symphony of Light

Itchiku Kubota: The Symphony of Light

ArteMorbida Magazine – Itchiku Kubota is considered as one of the most original and representative Japanese textile artists, known and esteemed both in his country and abroad. The master of kimono devoted his entire life and art to a constant technical and conceptual research whose objective was to overcome the strict boundaries of the traditional Japanese. How did he achieve this ambitious goal? He transfigured proportions and types of traditional garment.

Itchiku Kubota’s precious compositions reveal an eternal dialogue between tradition and innovation in which Japanese aesthetics is enriched by elements coming from the Indian tradition and occidental beauty similar to impressionism. Kubota was born in 1917 in a prosperous environment which allowed him to appreciate every form of Japanese art. From 1931, he began his apprenticeship in a workshop of a dyer specialized in yuzen dyeing: a technique that uses rice paste on fabric in order to avoid the dye-transfer. When he was just nineteen he opened a lab and started working as a dyer on his own using different decoration techniques for the creation of a handcrafted kimono…

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