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Woman's "parrot" jacket

early 1970s
East West Musical Instruments Company ((American, active 1967-1979))

Object Place: San Francisco, California, United States


Center back: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather and suede, dyed and pieced; metal

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Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s short jacket made of pieced and appliqued leathers in hot pink, baby blue, green, and yellow with collar formed into two parrot heads. Metal zipper at center front and two zip pockets at hip. Interior embossed leather label: “East West Musical Instruments /415-431-7115/ San Francisco/ Leather Garments” and handwritten in blue ink, “2649” and “Small.”


2009, purchased by David Watkins, San Francisco, CA from Fishy Finds LLC, Simi Valley, CA [see note 1]; purchased from Watkins by the MFA (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

[1] Fishy Finds LLC handles estate sales. This jacket was said to have come from the personal collection of a model for East West Musical Instruments Co.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Bonnie Covington and Jane Pappalardo