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Textile, Wool Dot Gather, ca. 1993–98

This is a textile. It was designed by Osamu Mita and manufactured by Mitasho Co., Ltd.. It is dated ca. 1993–98 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is warp and weft of viscose rayon with inserts of wool warp and weft. and its technique is plain weave wool with slight s twist and plain weave rayon with alternating s and z twist with warp float stripes on jacquard loom, cut and shrunk. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Wool Dot Gather, designed by Osamu Mita and manufactured at his family’s textile company, Mitasho, is made of wool and rayon. The textile has a very rich textural surface created by a combination of patterning in the weaving process, as well as shrinking in the finishing. The white plain woven wool forms both the dots and stripes, while the white rayon forms the pleats in between. Mita’s innovation is in his ability to understand and exploit the unique properties of the different yarns to create a particular and premeditated effect. This textile is meant to be used both for fashion purposes as well as for interior decoration.
Mita is a third generation textile designer based in the important textile manufacturing city of Kiryu, Japan. He was educated at Kokugakuin University and now designs for his family’s textile company. He primarily uses wool with various other fiber combinations and employs special finishing techniques to achieve unusual surfaces and textures.
This work, together with the six other Japanese textiles proposed for acquisition, will begin to establish a strong core of contemporary textiles, an area specifically targeted for acquisition. They reflect some of the best textiles made during the late 20th century. Studying these textiles will add to an understanding of not only current Japanese technology but also of long-standing textile traditions in Japan.

This object was donated by The Museum of Modern Art. It is credited Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer.

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Textile, Kibiso Circle, 2009
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  • 89.2015.17

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 1117.6 x 99.1 cm (36 ft. 8 in. x 39 in.)

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Textile, Wool Dot Gather, ca. 1993–98; Designed by Osamu Mita (Japanese); Japan; warp and weft of viscose rayon with inserts of wool warp and weft.; Warp x Weft: 1117.6 x 99.1 cm (36 ft. 8 in. x 39 in.); Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer; 2002-17-6

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