Visiting a Fabric Designer | Japan | Living in Mexico

Visiting a Fabric Designer

We visited the Roppongi studio of Reiko Sudo, a founder and head of the hypermodern fabric design company, NUNO. Here we saw a junction of technology and art of the highest order.


In violation of international copyright laws, I copied this blurb from a press release for a show she was doing in England.

"Reiko Sudo is world-renowned as one of the leading figures in contemporary innovative textile production. Her work is represented in major international museums. [Boston MFA, MOMA, for two.-Ed.]
Sudo’s quintessentially 21st century textiles unite traditional techniques, complex technologies and new finishing processes. She has created extraordinary visual effects that have revolutionised textiles within interiors, fashion and art. NUNO has been at the heart of the resurgence of Japanese textiles, producing fabrics of unparalleled sophistication and creativity."

Three of the fabrics she showed us caught my fancy.

1) A diaphanous fabric consisting entirely of 2" square pockets, into each of which was sealed a single feather.

2) A fabric woven from stainless steel microfibers treated with acid to create washes of blue and brown patterns. The bolt was so heavy, I almost couldn't lift it.

3) An extremely thin (and colorful) fabric that had been folded many times into a 3" square about ¼" thick, which, when picked up by a corner, falls open into a large shawl, and when dropped onto the table, re-folds itself into the 3" square again.

Jean bought a breathtakingly expensive blouse at the studio, made of a fabric that had been selectively shrunk, so that its surface undulated in soft billows.