Textile, "Crocodile", 2007 Medium: PPS (polyphenylene sulfide), wool Technique: melt-off, shibori-dyed, and felted. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2007-44-1.
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 the material polyphenylene sulfide, a highly flame-resistant cloth. The textile is composed of not only PPS, but also wool, and the surface texture, which looks similar to the skin of a crocodile, is achieved by combining a melt-off technique with shibori and felting. He has been working with PPS for almost twenty years, but it was only in 2004 that he completed his experimentation and filed for a patent, however, the stainless steel color of PPS in Crocodile was developed in 2006.