10 episodes

The artist Kuboku Takaku (1908–1993) perfected the ancient Japanese technique of wax-resist dyeing to create textile paintings on obi, kimono, and screens. His works merged Japanese subjects with cubist and modernist styles. His daughter Hisako (born 1944) is now one of the last living artists who preserves the knowledge of this painstaking dyeing technique, and her obi and kimono continue to be among the most chic and sought-after throughout Japan.

Dyeing Elegance Audio Tour The San Diego Museum of Art

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The artist Kuboku Takaku (1908–1993) perfected the ancient Japanese technique of wax-resist dyeing to create textile paintings on obi, kimono, and screens. His works merged Japanese subjects with cubist and modernist styles. His daughter Hisako (born 1944) is now one of the last living artists who preserves the knowledge of this painstaking dyeing technique, and her obi and kimono continue to be among the most chic and sought-after throughout Japan.

    STOP001: Kimono with Butterflies by Kūboku Takaku

    STOP001: Kimono with Butterflies by Kūboku Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Kimono with Butterflies by Kūboku Takaku

    • 42 sec
    STOP002: Village Boys Playing by Kūboku Takaku

    STOP002: Village Boys Playing by Kūboku Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Village Boys Playing by Kūboku Takaku

    • 1 min
    STOP003: Great Melon by Kūboku Takaku

    STOP003: Great Melon by Kūboku Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Great Melon by Kūboku Takaku

    • 58 sec
    STOP004: Obi with Water Current by Kūboku Takaku

    STOP004: Obi with Water Current by Kūboku Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Obi with Water Current by Kūboku Takaku

    • 1 min
    STOP005: Obi with Mountains and Distant Pines by Kūboku Takaku

    STOP005: Obi with Mountains and Distant Pines by Kūboku Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Obi with Mountains and Distant Pines by Kūboku Takaku

    • 57 sec
    STOP006: Obi with “Zensen Cherry Trees” by Hisako Takaku

    STOP006: Obi with “Zensen Cherry Trees” by Hisako Takaku

    Dyeing Elegance: Obi with “Zensen Cherry Trees” by Hisako Takaku

    • 51 sec

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