[:en]The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto[:]
Moriguchi Kunihiko is a renowned textile artist and master of the yuzen resist dyeing technique, which originated in Kyoto in the 17th century. In yuzen dyeing, rice paste is the material of choice to prevent the washing of colors and enable intricate patterns to be painted directly onto the fabric. Moriguchi learned the technique from his father, himself a yuzen master, but was inspired greatly by Western art having spent a period studying at Paris’ Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Moriguchi pushes the boundaries of yuzen by combining traditional designs with geometric patterns and graphic design techniques. Kunihiko’s work has been used in traditional media like kimono as well as more contemporary design; one of his geometric patterns can be found adorning Mitsukoshi department store’s shopping bags.