Ai Weiwei. The Silk Scarf ‘Citizens’ Investigation’ Edition of 2,500 Black and white scarf, 100% silk, 90 x 90 cm (35.4 x 35.4 in.), handwoven and hand-silkscreened, finished with hand-rolled edges; wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in cardboard box, 26 x 26 cm (10 x 10 in.)


Papercutting is a traditional Chinese art going back 2,000 years. The colored, intricately cut papers are used as a story-telling medium in festivities, for prayers, and as everyday decoration. The black scarf takes its motif from a papercut created by Ai Weiwei as part of his Papercut Portfolio, published by TASCHEN in 2019: Citizens’ Investigation, reflecting on the somber aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and his subsequent activism to clear up why so many victims could be found especially among schoolchildren.

Limited edition of 2,500 copies