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Pleated Textile, Ohodedios, 1985

This is a Pleated textile. It was designed by Junichi Arai and made by Junichi Arai. It is dated 1985 and we acquired it in 1987. Its medium is polyester, polyester aluminum lamé and its technique is plain weave fabric, pleated. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Junichi Arai is indisputably one of the world’s foremost innovators in fabric and textile design. He was born in the city of Kiryu, Japan, an important center for textile production that boasts over 1,000 years of traditional silk weaving. As the sixth generation of a mill-owning family, Arai learned historical Japanese weaving techniques for obis and kimonos. In 1984 he founded the Nuno Corporation, a company and retailer wholly devoted to fabric – combining old practices with new technologies in innovative and unexpected ways.
This pleated textile was completed in 1986 and is truly an impressive and dazzling display of crimped silver metallic fabric, very reminiscent of tinfoil. Like other works in his oeuvre, Ohodedios is sculptural, and demonstrates the way in which the interaction of light and particular materials enliven and enrich the textile’s surface.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Lamé Plus Light: A Textile by Junichi Arai.

It is credited Gift of Dianne Benson.

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 102.9 x 270.5 cm (40 1/2 in. x 8 ft. 10 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Pleated Textile, Ohodedios, 1985; Designed by Junichi Arai (Japanese, 1932 - 2017); Japan; polyester, polyester aluminum lamé; H x W (open): 102.9 x 270.5 cm (40 1/2 in. x 8 ft. 10 1/2 in.); Gift of Dianne Benson; 1987-28-1

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