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Textile, Suzushi Stripe

This is a Textile. It was designed by Reiko Sudo. It is dated 2009 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is 100% silk (raw and kibiso) and its technique is plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Suzushi Stripe is part of a series Nuno made from kibiso and raw silk. (The kibiso is the white coarse stripe in the textile.) The combination of these two materials reveals a very rich texture, structure, and surface design. Kibiso, an industrial waste product, is the protective outer layer of the silk cocoon that is "wiped off" and discarded in order to reach the finer silk fiber underneath. Consisting of sericin and other amino acids that ultimately help to protect the silkworm, kibiso has been used by other industries in such products as human and pet foods and cosmetics. Nuno is now experimenting with kibiso, and "upcycling" it, or using the waste product to make something of greater value, to produce textiles which have special qualities such as filtering UV rays and natural moisture, among other things. These qualities make the textiles in the series eco-friendly and sustainable.

It is credited Gift of NUNO Corporation.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 301.6 x 113 cm (9 ft. 10 3/4 in. x 44 1/2 in.)

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Textile, Suzushi Stripe; Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953); Japan; 100% silk (raw and kibiso); Warp x Weft: 301.6 x 113 cm (9 ft. 10 3/4 in. x 44 1/2 in.); Gift of NUNO Corporation; 2014-13-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?.

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