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What is this?

Brown and light brown circles printed on a white background with smaller "burn-out' circles within the larger circles.

Why is this in our collection?

The Cooper-Hewitt has in its collection seven textiles from 1983 produced by Mira-X, a Swiss textile manufacturer that collaborated with Panton. This group of textiles includes this piece, one of his more innovative and unusual fabrics produced during the early 1970s, Finesse: Circle (2011-36-2), which is printed and has areas of burn out within the printed circles. This process created a semi-translucent textile that when held up to the light creates a very dappled light and feeling of three-dimensionality. Finesse designs also included Square and Curve.

This is a textile from Switzerland. It is dated 1973 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers of R 20th Century and museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: viscose/polyester gauze technique: printed and chemical burn-out

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 79.7 x 121.9 cm (31 3/8 in. x 48 in.)

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