Design for a Tie - Hearts

YUTAKA KAJIKAWA (worked from c.1929)

Design for a Tie - Hearts

1929 Japan

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This design for a man’s necktie by the young Japanese designer Yutaka Kajikawa was given to the journalist Lady Grace Hay-Drummond-Hay in 1929.

Lady Drummond-Hay (1895-1946), working as a special correspondent for Hearst newspapers, was the first woman to travel around the world by air, being the only female passenger on board the air ship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin on its record making circumnavigation. The airship took off from New Jersey in August 1929, arriving there again 21 days later after stops in Germany, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

This collection of textile designs was given to Lady Drummond-Hay during her stop-over in Toyko, in the hope that she might be able to promote them to the North American market. In a letter accompanying the parcel of designs Kajikawa asked Lady Drummond-Hay to throw them into the sea on her way to America if she did not think they were worthy. As they have survived we must assume she considered they had merit although it is unknown whether or not she made any efforts to market the designs.
Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, 1929
Height 46.50 cm (18.31 inches)
Width 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
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Watercolour and bodycolour, shaped, unframed
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