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Textile, Shibori Stripe

This is a Textile. It was produced by Designtex (American, founded 1961) and after Marjolijn Fossen. It is dated 2015. Its medium is 100% polyester and its technique is digitally printed by heat sublimation/dye transfer.

One of the greatest challenges in designing commercial textiles has been creating durable, cleanable, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing fabrics for highly trafficked and 24/7 environments like healthcare facilities, theaters and airports. In addition, there is more demand for textiles with sustainable manufacturing practices, and companies like Designtex are taking on this responsibility and producing some very innovative fabrics. Shibori Stripe takes its inspiration from original artwork using nui shibori, a stitch-resist form of the ancient Japanese shibori tie-dying technique. In this case sections of cloth are gathered together with a running stitch before being dyed, which protects them from the pigment. The effect is recreated with lines of tiny dots running along the center of the paler stretches of color where the faint bleeding of the pigments contrasts with the intensity of color elsewhere. The artwork is then captured digitally and the pattern is printed on a polyester suede surface and still retains color intensity. The addition of Crypton enhances the performance of this upholstery fabric as a fluid barrier without diminishing the supple hand.

This object was donated by Designtex. It is credited Gift of Designtex Group.

This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Mosen (China)
  • wool.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2005-2-1

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Scarf (Japan)
  • warp: metallic film; weft: polyester.
  • Gift of Junichi Arai.
  • 1993-118-1

Its dimensions are

H x W: 457.2 × 142.2 cm (15 ft. × 56 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.

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