On Wednesday 20th April, MoMu will open its newest exhibition in the gallery of the museum: Traditions & Dreams. Kimono from the Kubota Collection! Itchiku Kubota was an innovative Japanese textile artist who was anything but traditional. His spectacular creations gave new meaning to the art of kimono. His understanding of both the Japanese and the Western art forms is the secret to his amazing work. By incorporating modern textiles and dyeing techniques into traditional modes of production, he created a series of stunning kimonos that were not only wearable but also one by one pieces of art.
MoMu will showcase six kimonos of the Symphony of Light series that represents the four seasons. The kimonos are linked compositionally, with the design flowing from one garment to the next. The kimonos arrived in wooden boxes. By wrapping the kimonos in special fabric (a technique that is also used in Japan to store kimonos), the kimonos are securely protected.
While it may look like your ordinary stunning kimono, Kubota managed to take it a step further by adding textures and colors to the kimonos by using different techniques, making it really come to life. To create these astonishing textures, large parts of the kimono are outlined with vinyl thread and pulled tightly together to create puff areas. These areas are then covered with plastic sheets and tightened with more vinyl thread. After dyeing, steaming and rinsing the kimono, the threads are then removed. This process may be repeated numerous times until the desired effect is given. Colors are added in the initial stages by immersing the fabric in a dye bath for the ground color. Other colors are then brushed on the kimono.