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Sidewall, Tie-Dye, 1958

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Barbara White. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 2000. Its medium is hand-dyed and folded japanese paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Created with Japanese paper and water-soluble inks, White executed most of her designs by adding moisture to the ink, folding the paper, and squeezing to distribute and blend the colors. The ancient technique of tie-dyeing gained popularity in the West in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was associated with the hippie movement.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Wallpapers in Tie-dye.

This object was donated by Barbara White. It is credited Gift of Barbara White.

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Its dimensions are

45.7 x 61.0 cm (18 x 24 in. )

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Tie-Dye, 1958; Designed by Barbara White (American, n.d.); USA; hand-dyed and folded japanese paper; 45.7 x 61.0 cm (18 x 24 in. ); Gift of Barbara White; 2000-64-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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