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.