The Language of Textiles

“At Nuno, textiles are our language, our inspiration, our aspiration. Textiles tell our story. When we create our textiles, nature and tradition are woven with technology. When we see our textiles, a moment of the future is glimpsed. When we touch our textiles, they breathe and we feel at ease. When we listen to the language of textiles, the message is beautiful.” — Reiko Sudo

NUNO, which simply means “cloth” in Japanese, is headed by world-renowned textile designer Reiko Sudo, who launched the company more than 35 years ago with textile icon Jun’ichi Arai. NUNO seamlessly networks the independent spinners, dyers and mills that still survive in villages throughout Japan with a highly-developed communications infrastructure. Combining traditional weaving technologies with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies, the special production processes behind each and every one of NUNO’s unique designs rely heavily on the expertise of Japan’s highly-skilled crafts persons and their centuries of accumulated experience.

NUNO textiles are incredibly beautiful to look at and handle, but are also practical—having applications for both fashion and interior. The textiles frequently combine inherent properties of natural yarns with synthetic fibres, and traditional techniques with the very latest advances in technology.  Examples of NUNO fabrics have been included in many international exhibitions and are held in the permanent collections of 25 major museums worldwide, including: the V&A, London; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Met, New York; and the MFA, Boston.

Exhibition Dates:  October 14 – November 25, 2023

Click HERE for a review by Sandy Brown Jensen for KLCC’s Viz City.
Read the review by Ester Barkai for Eugene Weekly HERE.

Click on the names to access recordings of the talks given by Chad Patton and Marilyn Robert during the opening reception.

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