Purse
synthetic fibers (polyphenylene sulfide and vinyl?), aluminum coating
shibori, burnoff

In this drawstring purse, Junichi Arai, one of the greatest textile innovators of the late 20th century, marries the centuries-old technique of shibori with 21st century technology. The aluminum coating is only a few atoms thick. While traditional shibori involves ‘reserving’ areas to remain undyed by tying them off, in this bag, the whole cloth was probably coated in aluminum, then the shibori design was created by tying, and then unwanted aluminum was burned off in a chemical process. The material feels very soft despite its metal component, which adheres well to the fabric.

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