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1996

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2006

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Textile, Pedocal, 1996

This is a Textile. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 2006. Its medium is nylon, polyurethane, polyester, and rayon and its technique is flock printed through two layers. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In Pedocal, Yoshihiro Kimura combines seemingly disparate materials to create an entirely new surface. He affixes polyester chiffon to a base of stretched knitted fabric. An acrylic binder screen printed on the surface in a pattern permeates the fabrics, causing them to join. Rayon fibers are affixed to this binder and, using an electric charge called flocking, they are made to stand vertically. The knitted fabric that had been stretched during this whole process is then released, leaving the double-layered cloth puckered and covered with flocked crevices.
Kimura is among the first generation of contemporary Japanese textile designers who, in the 1980s, were interested in experimenting with and modifying traditional techniques and fibers to make innovative fabrics. Like many in his field, Kimura comes from a textile family. After graduating from the University of Toyama, he worked in his father’s textile business. The business later specialized in flock printing, and diversified to include other printing techniques, such as those using resin and pigment. Kimura has worked with such well-known fashion designers as Kansai Yamamoto and Issey Miyake.
The proposed acquisition of Pedocal would help the museum build a strong core of contemporary textiles, an area specifically targeted for acquisition. The contemporary textiles currently held by the museum, which include other Japanese works, reflect some of the best textiles made during the late 20th and early 21st century. Studying these textiles will add to an understanding of current Japanese design and technology.

It is credited Gift of the Museum of Modern Art.

Its dimensions are

L x W (a): 350 x 125 cm (11 ft. 5 13/16 in. x 49 3/16 in.) L x W (b): 340 x 125 cm (11 ft. 1 7/8 in. x 49 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Pedocal, 1996; Japan; nylon, polyurethane, polyester, and rayon; L x W (a): 350 x 125 cm (11 ft. 5 13/16 in. x 49 3/16 in.) L x W (b): 340 x 125 cm (11 ft. 1 7/8 in. x 49 3/16 in.); Gift of the Museum of Modern Art; 2006-22-3-a,b

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