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Silk Tie-Opera House Curtain in Red

Kennedy Center Opera House curtain tie, red and gold woven silk jacquard. This stunning tie was made especially for us using the pattern on our Opera House curtain.

Red silk and gold combine to make one of the most splendid gifts The Kennedy Center has ever been given, the Opera House curtain. Received from the people of Japan, the elegant curtain was literally a big gift. Weighing 3,000 pounds and measuring 47 by 117 feet, its size posed a problem to weave. It was too large to be woven by hand, yet required the sensitivity of hand weaving to convey the feeling of rhythm in the gentle curves of its designs. The ingenious solution to this problem was to custom build the world's largest Jacquard weaving machine for Kyoto's master weavers, comprised of 3,600 needles.

The rhythmic pattern of the curtain is called 'Spring Flowers', a Japanese symbol of progress, in honor of the frontier spirit of President Kennedy.

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