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Traditional Japanese patchwork Kinusaiga art

Traditional Japanese patchwork Kinusaiga art Maeno Takashi

The blue bridge over the river. Work by Maeno Takashi, Traditional Japanese patchwork Kinusaiga art

Japanese patchwork Kinusaiga art
In fact, Kinusaiga art is a combination of several techniques – patchwork and batik, and even wood carving, or painting on wood with pieces of silk. Also, the pictures – created from recycled materials.
Noteworthy, the the founder of the Kinusaiga art – Japanese master Maeno Takashi, professor at the University. Her works are permanent participants of art exhibitions. Besides, she has published some books on the art, which became popular and actively sold. Kinusaiga – pretty young art, year of birth – 1987, but these pictures has already gained popularity all over the world. Japanese and Chinese Kinusaiga art is poetic, quiet, harmonious.

Japanese Patchwork art, made by Kinusaiga master Maeno Takashi

The cafe. Japanese Patchwork art, made by Kinusaiga master Maeno Takashi

What is the technique of these paintings? All starts from a drawing on paper, then everything is painted, each piece with a different color. These fragments are numbered, then all lines are transferred to the wooden board where the same numbering happens. Along the contour of a sketch is cut a groove depth of 2 mm. Then from the old silk kimono are cut small pieces, the matching colored pieces of slightly larger size (1 mm). The mosaic is made – the edges of these patches of silk fill the groove with a special tool, and the piece is glued into place.

During the filling of the grooves – a piece of cloth on the author’s intention is stretched, and in some places, it is folded. Previously used mainly silk, but now increasingly use linen and viscose. And it’s a combination of different textures give the painting a certain charm.

Pictures made in Kinusaiga technique look very realistic and resemble living pictures. Fine silk, perfectly matched in color and texture, creates a volume effect. Fantasy of authors has no limit – cityscape, wildlife landscapes, still lifes, flowers, people. The background – ideal nature, freed from all the rough landscapes, amazing sky, mountains – just what we saw in drawing of classical Japanese and Chinese painters.

Paintings made in Kinusaiga technique are expensive, since each painting is exclusive, the picture is created for a long time, carefully and painstakingly. Even training is a very long process.

Traditional Japanese patchwork Kinusaiga art