KAORI – Natsu Ayame
In this design I was inspired by origami, an art of Japanese origin based on the folding of paper without using scissors or glue to obtain figures of different shapes, many of which could be considered as paper sculptures.
In a strict sense, it is a kind of paper-folding that includes certain restrictions (for example, it does not allow cuts in the paper, and starts from certain bases) so origami is a short ofpaper-folding but not all paper-folding is origami.
The particularity of this technique is the transformation of paper into shapes of different sizes starting from an initial square or rectangular base which can range from simple models to highly complex foldings.
Origami models the environment around us and in which we live: fauna and flora from all continents, urban life, tools of our daily life, mythological animals and countless of other figures.
It began with paper and has been developed rapidly since the late 60’s to nowadays. According to Lafosse we are in the most important historical moment in the history of paper-folding. New design techniques have been discovered and popularized and have spread through the Internet and through several origami associations around the world.
The incorporation of mathematics, formerly not considered, is a new thing which has gained strength over the last 30 years. Since the 90’s, computing has enabled optimizations of the use of paper and new bases for complex shapes such as insects.
But in this case, I worked origami with fabric, canvas, a type of more resistant cotton.
I have based my job on a rectangle, which I’ve doubled to fill it with “boata” so that it had a quilted look, as if it was a kimono.
This design is rather ambiguous, as it can be worn in different ways. The one I designed is precisely the one which I represent, but we can say that it has a variety of options.
In this design, so essential for me, I also wanted to incorporate the Bingata stamping technique on the back of the garment. I have hand-painted some flowers and some architectural motifs, as a fundamental part of my collection.
The Bingata is a traditional Japanese printing technique that has been developed in Okinawa (Tropical Island South of Japan) from about the fifteenth century, and is used for printing traditional clothes as kimonos and obis (belts). It uses templates, and colors the fabric using natural pigments. The name comes from the words used in the «Bin» and «Kata» zones, which mean «color» and «pattern» respectively.
This technique has a multicolored wealth, in addition to the warmth and simplicity of the handmade stamping with natural materials.