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What is this?

Length of metallic silver and black fabric with a variably puckered surface that resembles the skin of a crocodile.

Why is this in our collection?

Crocodile represents Junichi Arai’s experimentation with polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), a highly flame-resistant cloth. The textile is composed of not only PPS, but also wool. The surface texture, which looks similar to the skin of a crocodile, is achieved by combining a melt-off technique with shibori (tie-dye) and felting. Arai has been working with PPS since the late 1980s, but it was only in 2004 that he completed his experimentation and filed for a patent. The stainless steel color of PPS in Crocodile, however, was developed in 2006. Arai is one of the most important innovators in 20th- and early 21st-century textiles. He has expanded the potential of a Jacquard loom, explored reflective surfaces using... more

This is a textile from Japan. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2007. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its medium is

medium: pps (polyphenylene sulfide), wool technique: melt-off, shibori-dyed, and felted

Its dimensions are

H x W: 480.1 x 98.4 cm (15 ft. 9 in. x 38 3/4 in.)

This object was designed by Junichi Arai

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Gallery Gen

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