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Waraji Sandals

A work made of kibiso.

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  • A work made of kibiso.

Date:

2015

Artist:

Reiko Sudo (Japanese, born 1953)
for NUNO (Japanese, founded 1984)
Woven by Shonai Tagawa JA Fujishima Branc (Yamagata, Japan)

About this artwork

When Japanese designer Reiko Sudo visited a textile mill in Tsuruoka in northern Japan, she came across Kibiso silk, the material shown here. Kibiso is the tough, outermost skin of the silkworm’s cocoon; it is the first fiber excreted by the silkworm and used primarily for protection. Although this waste material is too thick and rough for industrial weaving, Sudo was nonetheless captivated by it. Working with local weavers, she repurposed the material to make the Waraji Sandals on display here, which are traditionally made by hand from rice straw in this area of Japan and worn by actors in the traditional Japanese Kabuki theater.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Reiko Sudo (Designer)

Title

Waraji Sandals

Origin

Japan

Date

Designed 2015

Medium

Kibiso

Dimensions

25.4 × 18.4 cm (10 × 7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Nuno Corporation

Reference Number

2020.86.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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