[Kimono] Kimono of blue and green figured silk using two different techniques - plain gauze and plain weave (monsha). The kimono is woven in 'blocks', within which are squares which diminish in size from the upper right to lower left, in graduating shades of blue to green. The blue is created with indigo in five gradations, the green with indigo and hairy jointgrass (arthraxon hispidus) also in five gradations. Collar lined with green-yellow silk
[Storage box] Wooden box made especially to house kimono. Garment also folded using silk-wrapped cotton pads and stored within a paper folder and a yellow cotton wrapper.
Yoshinori Tsuchiya's initial interest in the textile arts was stimulated by his fascination with natural dyes and the fact that amazingly bright, pure colours can be achieved using common plants. His work engages with nature, not only through the use of organic dyes, but through the weaving of precise geometric patterns inspired by the beauty of the landscape. The delicate figured-gauze weave (monsha) fabric of this kimono, which is entitled 'Blue Mountains and Green Rivers', was inspired by the brisk air and clear waters of Mount Qingcheng in Sichuan Province in China.