Size: 59 cm x 51 cm x 5 cm (framed)
“I am interested in the various phenomena that have been occurring since the birth of life, and I was reminded of the Big Bang that is said to be at the root of life forms that continue to multiply.
I used the material used for yuzen, crape, and Maki-nori, and dyed it in black three times.”
Kunihiko Moriguchi is a dye weaver. Born in Kyoto in 1941, he was awarded the Cultural Merit Award in 2020.
After graduating from the Japanese Painting Department of Kyoto City University of Arts (now Kyoto City University of Arts) in 1963, he studied graphic design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After returning to Japan, he studied under his father, Kako Moriguchi, the yuzen technique of “maki-nori,” Kako’s signature technique, including itome-nori and weir-dashi techniques, and was selected for the first time at the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1967. While Kako’s style is based on the classical beauty of flowers, birds, wind, and the moon, he boldly combines his thoughts on graphic design, which he learned in Paris, with geometric patterns, opening up new creative possibilities that go beyond the traditional craft of yuzen. In addition to the production of kimonos, he is also known for his yuzen visiting kimono design used in the shopping bags of Mitsukoshi, which was renewed in 2014.
He was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French government, the Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize, etc. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon. In 2007, he was designated as a Living National Treasure (holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property), and in 2013, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.