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1990

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2002

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2019

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Textile, Stainless Steel Gloss, 1990

This is a Textile. It was manufactured by Kanebo Spinning Co., Ltd.. It is dated 1990 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is polyester filament, stainless steel coating and its technique is plain weave polyester, calendar pressed and "spatter-plated" with stainless steel. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Stainless Steel Gloss was designed by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan’s most important contemporary textile designers. Educated at Musashino Art University, she and Junichi Arai were the co-founders in 1984 of the Japanese company and store, NUNO, which produces textiles of extraordinary ingenuity and beauty. Sudo and the other designers at NUNO combine tradition and advanced technologies with remarkable creativity, which led them to the forefront of textile design field.
One of Nuno’s best examples of integrating "hard-core" industry into their textile making process is with Stainless Steel Gloss, designed in 1990. After the polyester filament is woven and calendar pressed, it is spatter-plated with stainless steel, a process used primarily in the automobile industry for plating car parts. The result is a semi-transparent fabric that appears to have a fluidity akin to liquid mercury.
This textile is an important example of an existing manufacturing process that is used in a totally different way, as well as in an unexpected medium. Sudo goes beyond the conventional boundaries of textile design and relies on other areas of industry for creative inspiration.
This work, together with the six other Japanese textiles proposed for acquisition, will begin to establish a strong core of contemporary textiles, an area specifically targeted for acquisition. They reflect some of the best textiles made during the late 20th century. Studying these textiles will add to an understanding of not only current Japanese technology but also of long-standing textile traditions in Japan.

This object was donated by The Museum of Modern Art. It is credited Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft (full manufactured width): 1277.6 x 112.4 cm (41 ft. 11 in. x 44 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Stainless Steel Gloss, 1990; Manufactured by Kanebo Spinning Co., Ltd. ; Japan; polyester filament, stainless steel coating; Warp x Weft (full manufactured width): 1277.6 x 112.4 cm (41 ft. 11 in. x 44 1/4 in.); Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer; 2002-17-2

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