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Textile, Senko-hanabi, 2016

This is a Textile. It was designed by Keiko Tanaka and made for minä perhonen. It is dated 2016 and we acquired it in 2018. Its medium is foundation 100% linen; embroidery 65% acetate, 23% rayon, 12% polyester and its technique is embroidered on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The theme of Tokyo-based fashion brand minä perhonen’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection was “remembrance of sand and soil.” This design, created by Keiko Tanaka, draws a parallel between sparking, microscopic grains of sand and senko-hanabi, a traditional Japanese firework similar to sparklers. Watching senko-hanabi is said to evoke mono no aware, a momentary sadness we feel when reminded of the beauty and briefness of life. The sparks are rendered in three-dimensional silver embroidery on a midnight blue ground.

This object was donated by minä perhonen. It is credited Gift from MINA CO., Ltd..

Its dimensions are

H x W: 152.4 × 100.3 cm (60 in. × 39 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Senko-hanabi, 2016; Designed by Keiko Tanaka (Japanese, b. 1978); foundation 100% linen; embroidery 65% acetate, 23% rayon, 12% polyester; H x W: 152.4 × 100.3 cm (60 in. × 39 1/2 in.); Gift from MINA CO., Ltd.; 2018-2-11

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