Lecture: Kibiso Silk - From Trash to Treasure

Reiko Sudo, "Scraps" designer and managing director, Nuno

Over the last decade, featured Scraps designer Reiko Sudo of Nuno has worked with mills in one of only two remaining silk production centers in Japan to revive this once flourishing industry—all while also reducing waste. In 2008, working with elderly women in Tsuruoka, Nuno started a kibiso hand-weaving project. Kibiso is the protective outer surface of the silk cocoon, traditionally considered to be industrial waste unsuitable for weaving. Nuno is reviving its use by drastically reducing its thickness to create an entire array of exciting new textiles. Join Sudo to learn more about this remarkable design project.

Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.

About the Designer

In 1984, Reiko Sudo co-founded Nuno, a textile design firm at the forefront of innovation that combines the Japanese handcraft tradition with advanced technologies. Over the years Sudo has proposed different initiatives to reduce waste, such as recycling polyester garments and using leftover scraps to create new textiles. Nuno’s fabrics have been featured in exhibitions around the world, including The Textile Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; and Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles, among many others. 

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