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Published: 01 November 2013

By Andy Ross

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The Art of Kimono

Itchiku Kubota, who passed away in 2003, was an important Japanese textile artist. One look at his kimono will show you why.

A sample of the collection of his painted, dyed and stitched textiles is online including the magnificent Symphony of Light which depicts the seasons in 36 kimono. Kubota rediscovered and reinterpreted a 16th Century technique called Tsujigahana to create these beautiful pieces,  some of which are housed in the museum he founded. What an amazing and humbling  monument to patience, endurance and belief in beauty.