San

Burning Sun

San is the most important kimono of the collection according to Itchiku Kubota. It represents the intensely-burning sunset he was seeing while detained at Siberian labor camp. A moment he rejoiced over life, despite the harsh forced labor. “There in Siberia I felt all hope had fled. And the sunsets were so beautiful ! The big red sun going down below the horizon. The glittering gold and silver sea. All that beauty I would dye before my Tsujigahana (…) That sun penetrated clouds and swirling dust. It made everything beautiful and warm. This kimono is the primary source. It led to my “Symphony of Light”.

Subtitle: Individual Work
Date: 1986
Dimensions: 214 x 128 cm
Technique: Tie-dyeing, ink painting, gold leaf, embroidery on silk crepe (chirimen) with gold and silver wefts
Type: Furisode (long-hanging sleeve)
ID Number: 42
Created By: Itchiku Kubota