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What is this?

Double cloth of thick and thin stripes in black and white. Vertical bands of thick black and white stripes alternate with horizontal bands of thin black and white stripes. Overtwisted black threads create a puckered effect.

Why is this in our collection?

Futsu Crisscross is part of a series made from kibiso and raw silk  by the Japanese textile company NUNO. 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 foods and cosmetics. Futsu Crisscross is one of the results of NUNO’s experimentation with upcycling kibiso—using the waste product to make something of greater value, such as... more

This is a textile from Japan. It is dated 2009 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of NUNO. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: 62% silk (raw silk and kibiso), 38% cotton technique: two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth) label: raw silk, kibiso, and cotton double cloth

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 308 x 21.6 cm (121 1/4 x 8 1/2 in.) Weft (stretched out): 20 in.

This object was designed by Reiko Sudo and manufactured by NUNO Corporation

This object was donated by NUNO Corporation

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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