Dress

Tahitians produced clothing from local plant materials. The flexible bodice of this dress is constructed by tying long strands of grass into a net; the ends hang down to form a wavy skirt. This dress rustles against the ground with the movements of the wearer – dirt still covers the grass ends.


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If you were to make a garment from materials found around your home, what would you create?

responded: Sep 9, 2011

Posted by Janice Yang

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If I were to make a garment from things found around my home, I have many different options. Number one, I could take from my pile of clothes I have left in a drawer that is specifically for being deconstructed and reconstructed into something else. Number two, I have recently discovered many unwanted/unneeded blankets laying around in my house, some of them have fancy prints and one in fact is a furry bright orange piece, they give me patterns, bright colors, and a large amount of fabric to work with. Number three, I also have a drawer filled with pieces of leftover scrap fabric along with piles of sample fabrics, I could conjure something up with all those little bits of fabric combined as well. All in all it is environmentally friendly as well as saving me money! Reuse and Recycling at work! If I were to get real creative instead of just using fabrics, I have also ideas of using liner pads to make a bridal like gown; this inspiration is drawn from the designers who have used toilet paper to make bridal gowns for show. From all that I could create just about anything. For the orange furry blanket, I had in mind of creating shorts along with a bolero jacket. From the scrap fabrics I could do the same. Tank tops, t-shirts, skirts, summer dresses, anything that comes to mind!

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