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.
- Designed by Junichi Arai
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