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  • Name of Tartan:
    Puccini (Fashion)
  • ITI Number: 10814
  • Category: Fashion
  • Designer / Source: Sim, Steven Patrick
  • Date: 05/06/2012
  • Slog: RWR:RKW
  • Colour Sequence: RWRKRWKTWRKRKWKR
  • Thread Count: Available to STA members only
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  • Notes: This tartan commemorates Giacomo Puccini's world famous and heartbreaking opera Madama Butterfly. The tartan's colours and geometry represent both the Geisha and the Japanese Cherry Blossom. Colours: black, white and red together represent the traditional colours of the Geisha, black for the hair, white for the powdered skin and red for the painted lips (the solid red pivot importantly symbolising the blood of Butterfly's suicidal death strike). The two shades of pink with the muted khaki green represent withering cherry blossom (in Japanese culture the transient nature of cherry blossom is richly symbolic, the intense beauty and abrupt death, being associated with mortality). The tartan's theme of doomed love and death is further represented by the funeral colour black, yet this is equally balanced with pure white, a colour in Japan known to represent joyful life events. Importantly the tartan celebrates a historical industrial relationship between Scotland and Japan.
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