Stenciled warps and wefts

Surrealism does not show up very much in Japanese textiles. According to John Clark, the surrealist movement was erroneously associated with the communist party, so Japanese surrealists practiced self-censorship. Despite this, the work of Salvador Dali was well known among artists in Japan. This kimono shows some Dali influence.

Below is a close-up of the fabric. The designs appear to be stones, a favorite theme in Dali’s landscapes.

Below is a bark cloth design by Dali. The long lumpy shapes of the clouds echo the shapes of the black stones above. The red of the sphere and cube is very similar to the red in the kimono, and the same shading used in the sphere and cube is employed in the stones of the kimono.