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Recycled, re-purposed Japanese fishing-vessel flag, hand quilted, 100% cotton.
Untitled (Tairyo Bata 2018)
Cotton top and backing, cotton batting, cotton thread, hand quilted
101"x76" approximately

Traditionally tairyo bata were used to make ship-to-shore announcements of a big catch. Today tairyo bata are still hand painted, one-of-a-kind flags but they are more commonly used to decorate fishing vessels on their maiden voyages or for other celebratory events such as the new year. The name of the boat is written in the large white kanji and may be loosely translated as "Great Longevity." The artist continues to research the origins of this flag.

This tairyo bata was purchased by the artist at a flea market in Chicago in 2015. The hand-quilting process was executed by the artist alone. It was completed in 2018.