Kimono tradition and Kubota’s techniques & style / Part 5 Kubota’s Kimonos
Kimono tradition and Kubota’s techniques & style / Part 5 Kubota’s Kimonos

The Japanese treat the kimono with great
care. The traditional Japanese garment has already existed for a thousand years
and contains various meanings. The history as well as the culture of Japan
are integrated within this concept. In Japanese kimono literally means a thing
to wear Actually the kimono is
something surprising. For example we all begin to think about what
we’ll do every day. And there is an expression to assume a serious air
literally to set ones collar right. If Japanese people wear a kimono
it means they agree to master and adopt the rules of common courtesy good
manners and the like. Folds and wrinkles in European clothing
are considered untidy in the kimono folds are of great significance and
they’re preserved in the way it’s worn. They reflect a code of behavior central
to Japanese culture the notion of Education is depicted in the kimono. More
precisely in the way it’s sewn. There is a parallel between the straight lines in
which the pieces are stitched and the way life should be led
so kimonos provide a guideline in life. Kubota followed that guideline all his
life. He did not just create the kimono in a
customary sense like a craftsman he was an artist and each kimono he created was
a picture a true work of art. I was surprised when I first saw Kubota’s works. Were they actually kimonos? I thought they were kimono shaped canvases! It’s as if I weren’t staring at a kimono but at
an over-sized painted canvas a screen or even a curtain. That similarity struck me. To create his canvases Kubota applied a
special technique known only to him. By pressing pieces of cloth together
he was compressing space in a way so it would explode when it was dipped into
paint. This was no chaotic chain reaction the artist was able to remember not only
the most sophisticated patterns but also the particular color of each of a
hundreds sewn elements to be painted he puzzled over and verified the synthesis
of graphic arts and high geometry meticulously. He said
himself that he felt great tenderness towards his brushes. Each brush stroke is
important. At the same time you forget those brush strokes when
you see his work. I’m also thinking about the spaces left unpainted on the cloth
to give him the opportunity to apply another ancient technique to them, and
that’s China ink. He used black ink to contrast with more delicate colors, and
he managed to establish a rhythm in the design by means of black strokes to
emphasize it as it’s done in calligraphy but always with great finesse. And it’s
absolutely sublime when you see the result. You don’t know where the first or
the second stroke began and where it ends. You you can stand for a whole hour in front of a kimono
and you’ll never see two identical details and that’s what makes it
extremely interesting that search for details and when you realize it could
take Kubota a whole year to produce one kimono you begin to understand better
how he used his time making that kimono. you

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  1. The Kubota Collection says:

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