Origami : The New Trend!

Hello everyone. Today’s article is on my favourite section of classification. The textiles! Today I will be talking about the new textile technique coming up in market- origami!

A lot of people don’t know that this technique of origami in fashion is being used for a very, very long time yet at a minor level. Fabric flowers for embroideries or decoration are always made with origami technique but are never focused on.

origami embroidery
origami embroidery

Now, let’s start with knowing what exactly origami is and its origin.
Origami is a Japanese technique which is usually done with paper of thin to medium gsm. Origami begins with simple folds getting complex. From simple boxes to complex 3-d balls, all can be created with origami without using adhesives. Here’s one pictorial depiction of how to make a origami dog. Try it!

lets try to make a paper dog!!
lets try to make a paper dog!!

Modular origami is a complex level of origami, where basic structures are joined to make complex structures.

butterfly by origami
butterfly by origami
Its is modular origami where lots of small basic units are combines to form a complex thing.
Its is modular origami where lots of small basic units are combines to form a complex thing.

Now, moving on, let’s discuss about how designers are applying origami to fashion. They create basic pieces with stiff fabrics like organdy, and then they are joined by stitched together to make them compact to wear. These pieces are very time consuming and not easy to make. This kind of a fashion is not so commonly seen in India. Wearing a piece like that is almost a dream come true. Here is a picture of my dream come true origami piece.

sweat shirt <3
sweat shirt <3

Designers like Issey Miyake, a Japanese designer, have beautifully worked on computerised origami structures. One of the video is available here. Please click the link below:

Now, after looking at how the modular pieces are formed, let us look at a short video of how Issey Miyake makes a skirt out of it! It’s not that difficult. A basic understanding of how the folds are done and how the pockets are formed are required. Please click the link below:

Now, looking at the work of other designers. A lot of fashionable products are created with the technique of origami, like shrugs, scarfs, shoes, shirts. Nowadays, origami is used with lots of other materials too.

This dress is inspired with the origami scorpio.
This dress is inspired by the origami scorpio.
Here's a beautiful piece of origami where the scarf ends are of origami tassels!
Here’s a beautiful piece of origami where the scarf ends are of origami tassels!
This is an amazing garment with beautifully used art of origami!
This is an amazing garment with beautifully used art of origami!
origami deconstructed blazer!
origami deconstructed blazer!
This is made of a different material than fabric but is used as textile for a garment.
This is made of a different material than fabric but is used as textile for a garment.
am i seeing a origami footwear? yesh you are!!
Am I seeing an origami footwear? yes, you are!!

So, finally ending my note with a hope that soon, very soon, Indian market will be full of origami pieces and we will be the one valuing them and flaunting them!

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