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What is this?

Strips of coiled newsprint are woven with nylon filaments on handlooms in the manner of grasscloth. Made from 100% recycled newsprint.

Why is this in our collection?

Newsworthy, by textile designer Lori Weitzner, combines age-old techniques with the modern notion of recycling. Woven on handlooms using the same technique as traditional grasscloth, the wallpaper is composed of 100% recycled newspaper and nylon filament. The bulk of the world’s grasscloth has always been made in Japan. Traditionally woven from the bark of the honeysuckle vine, grasscloth’s use as a wallcovering dates back hundreds of years. Evidence of its use is found in ancient temples. The stages of production slowly became standardized, and some mechanized, after Japan was introduced to Western markets. Grasscloth was first exported to the United States in the 1880s. Newsworthy is woven in India on... more

This is a sidewall from United States. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Lori Weitzner.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

coiled newspaper woven with nylon filaments, paper backing

Its dimensions are

L x W: 457.2 x 123.8 cm (15 ft. x 48 3/4 in.)

This object was designed by Lori Weitzner

This object was donated by Lori Weitzner

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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