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Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003) was a Japanese textile artist, most well known for his amazing work on kimono using a 15-16th century dyeing technique called tsujigahana.
I was lucky to visit his museum in Kawaguchiko, Japan and see his amazing work up close. One room shows kimono depicting landscapes from each season in a circular fashion, set up like the first picture.
Kubota had wanted to make 75 kimono like this to form a piece called “Symphony of Light”, depicting the four seasons. He only managed 30 by his death.
Chikanobu Toyohara, Hairstyles of the Meiji Period, 1880s. (via flickr)
This looks amazing
Ugh I want to go back to Japan just to eat all the regional sweets *_*
Koki noryo no zu by Yoshu Chikanobu, 1887 Japan
These bustles are so gorgeously draped
(Click for a bigger size)
Western hairstyles and dress for women and children, 1887 Japan
Western fashions, 1887 Japan
Grab-bag of posts coming up.