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An installation inspired by Japanese tradition at Heimtextil

Heimtextil presents a complete spectrum of production and processing methods, as well as areas of application for textiles. In many cases, the starting point for all these segments is a piece of cloth – and this is the subject of an extraordinary installation by the ushitamborriello design studio. The design concept places cloth in the centre of a presentation under the heading ‘Furoshiki’ in Hall 4.2.

‘Furoshiki’ is a Japanese tradition in which a square cloth is used for wrapping or carrying items. “The cloth defines a room without defining physical structures or bodies. This fabric is a filter, a promising wrapping, a self-assured bearer of statements of all kinds and a cuddly shelter. It sets boundaries without excluding, remains diaphanous and awakens curiosity. And does all of this as a virtually two-dimensional product”, says Ushi Tamborriello describing the fascination that inspired her to the installation for Expo 2019. “It is exciting when this flat, flexible textile is turned into an object. It can take on any shape, and define an interior and, therefore, an exterior space. It can be folded, looped, knotted and appear differently time and again. It changes the appearance of something it was the proud bearer of only moments before.”

‘Furoshiki’ is an ancient Japanese tradition that makes use of simple cloths. The basis for the many different knotting and folding techniques is a square piece of cloth measuring 70 x 70 to 100 x 100 cm. Innumerable traditional examples show the spectrum of uses to which these cloths can be put, e.g., as decorative gift wrapping, a practical shoulder bag, protection for a valuable item or simply a way of transporting something, whereby the square piece of cloth remains what it always was – reusable in every way and sustainable. 

In this respect, the Expo installation of the ushitamborriello design studio focuses on lines and volume. It traces the relationship between room and surface, endeavours to bring together the inside and outside in a conciliatory way, and invites the view to stroll and discover. And shows how changing the perspective changes our perception of the world

Header Photo ©ushitamborriello

Edda Simon

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