Textile, "Futsu Crisscross", 2009 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. Gift of NUNO. 2009-48-3.
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?
This particular textile is part of a series NUNO made from kibiso and raw silk. 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... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: