Junichi Arai「MEXICO CHAN-CHAN」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Clothing design
|Technique:Jacquard tube weave
|City, Country:Kiryu, Japan

Junichi Arai_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

Junichi Arai was born in Kiryu, Japan. He learned textile production especially on jacquard weaving for traditional kimono fabrics in his father’s factory. In 1955, he started to product new fabrics for western clothing. Then he established his company “Anthology Co. ltd,” to produce fabrics for fashion designers as like as Issey Miyake in 1979. He also opened his own textile shop “” (Nuno) in Tokyo in 1984.

He held textile exhibition in many places of Japan, USA, Europe, China, etc. and taught textile to students in many countries.

So, he had honored many times including “Honorary doctorate of Royal College of Art” in 2011.

新井淳一(Junichi Arai)出生於日本桐生市。他在父親的工廠裡學習紡織生產,特別是傳統和服面料的提花織造。1955年,他開始生產西式服裝的新面料。隨後,他於1979年成立了自己的公司“Anthology Co. Ltd”,為像三宅一生這樣的時尚設計師生產面料。他還於1984年在東京開設了自己的紡織品店“布”(Nuno)。


Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.

Junichi Arai was standing on the viewpoint that we have to learn much more thinking of our predecessors on textile tradition with culture behind of it to create new materials. On the other hand he said sometimes, we should go ahead to the future by using new technology and materials to renew tradition. So, he had near 40 patents by his new textile products.

He invented also about some production methods to make clothing with minimum waste of fabrics and yarns, as like as triangle shape warp knitted shawl, skirt with elastic west, sewing less T-shirt (Through-head garments), etc.



Junichi Arai_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work關於參展作品的創作動機與設計理念

This garment made into tube structure with reversible figured double weaving by using black and white cotton threads in 1980s. It has one hole for head and two holes for arms which are made on weaving process. And it was made connecting part of two layered fabric of front and back by plain weave on the both side of neck hole. Then cut off the tube fabric into each piece about 110cm length from shoulder line and bottom. And it will shrink to fitting human body by washing, because those threads are twisting hard. It has unique patterns imaged from native tribal picture of Mexico and geometric stripes. So, it was called "Mexico Chan-chan" by the stuffs of his company, Anthology. "Chan-chan" was a kind of everyday wear as like as vest that has cotton fillings between outer fabric and lining for wearing winter time in Japan.