San Diego Museum of Art unravels the truth and mystery behind the Japanese kimono


SAN DIEGO, CA.- The San Diego Museum of Art expands its collection of Asian works of art on view with the addition of a traveling collection of fashionable textiles, Dyeing Elegance: Asian Modernism and the Art of Kūboku and Hisako Takaku. In this collection, open at the Museum on February 18, 2012, 71 obi, kimono, and other textile paintings of father and daughter pair, Kūboku and Hisako Takaku, is on display outside of Japan for the first time. Artist Kūboku Takaku (1908–1993) perfected the ancient technique of wax resistant dyeing to create textile paintings on obi, kimono, and screens. His works merged Japanese subjects with cubist and modernist styles, and he was the only textile artist who effectively transitioned from the Fine Arts circles of the 1930s through 1960s into the world of high fashion for Tokyo’s