Textile, Airy Weave, 1995
Airy Weave is an excellent example of technologically innovative contemporary Japanese textiles. It is a triple layer silk fabric woven on a jacquard loom with a middle layer that has no warp, which allows the weft threads to float independently of the two outer layers. The resulting structure highlights the textile’s dimensionality and movement, as the dangling threads respond to even the slightest motion.
Eiji Miyamoto (Japanese, b. 1948) is among the first generation of contemporary Japanese textile designers who, in the 1980s, were interested in experimenting with and modifying traditional techniques and fibers to make innovative fabrics. Born into a textile family, Miyamoto joined his father’s company in 1975, where he has since worked both independently and with renowned designers, such as Issey Miyake.
The proposed acquisition of Airy Weave would help the museum build a strong core of contemporary textiles, an area specifically targeted for acquisition. The contemporary textiles currently held by the museum, which include other Japanese works, reflect some of the best textiles made during the late 20th and early 21st century. Studying these textiles will add to an understanding of current Japanese design and technology.
This object was
The Museum of Modern Art.
It is credited
Gift of the Museum of Modern Art.
Its dimensions are
Warp x Weft: 724 x 81.5 cm (23 ft. 9 1/16 in. x 32 1/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Textile, Airy Weave, 1995; Made by Eiji Miyamoto (Japanese, b. 1948); Japan; silk; Warp x Weft: 724 x 81.5 cm (23 ft. 9 1/16 in. x 32 1/16 in.); Gift of the Museum of Modern Art; 2006-22-1