Mergers and Acquisitions, by Browns Editions


Browns Editions has designed a series of printed tenugui fabrics carrying political messages. A tenugui is a Japanese piece of cloth, made from cotton in a traditional size and format.

The tenugui, which are popular across Japanese society, were traditionally made from silk but now are also made from cotton.

While labourer and kitchen workers might use them for practical reasons they are also popular in high fashion and are a powerful cultural Japanese symbol.

Jonathan Ellery of Browns Editions has used them as a canvas to bring together “frictional alliances”.

Ellery says: “The world we live in is really quite absurd. I’m not so sure I agree with the phrase ‘red and green should never be seen’, as we see it all the bloody time”.