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Textile, Feather Flurries, 1993

This is a Textile. It is dated 1993 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is silk, feathers and its technique is two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth). It is a part of the Textiles department.

Feather Flurries was designed in 1993 by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan’s most important contemporary textile designers and co-founder of Nuno Corporation. The textile represents the extraordinary handwork that still inspires Sudo and other designers at Nuno. During the weaving process, individual feathers are inserted by hand into the woven, rectangular pockets of silk organdy. The frosted moiré of the organdy gives the feathers a feeling of drifting in air. Feather Flurries was included in the exhibition, Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles, organized by The Museum of Modern Art and The Saint Louis Art Museum in 1998.
This work along with the other Japanese textiles acquired over the past several years has begun to establish a strong core of contemporary textiles, an area specifically targeted for acquisition. These textiles reflect some of the best work from the last 20 years and through their study will add to an understanding of not only current Japanese technology but also long-standing textile traditions in Japan.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 55.9 x 170.8 cm (22 in. x 5 ft. 7 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Feather Flurries, 1993; Japan; silk, feathers; H x W: 55.9 x 170.8 cm (22 in. x 5 ft. 7 1/4 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 2014-22-2

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