Nuno designers Reiko Sudo and Alfred Bimbaum were inspired by the amate paper made from tree bark by the Otomi peoples of central Mexico.
They named the velvet and paper cloth they created in 2000 Amate.
|a grid of washi paper|
Textile samples like these were an important part of the exhibition Reiko Sudo + Nuno: textiles from Japan held last fall at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario. The samples covered a wall where participants were invited to PLEASE TOUCH.
It has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
I've written more about this international exhibition on modernist aesthetic, here.