Every project teaches us something new, recently I made the model N ° 11 of the book Drape Drape 2 from Hisako Sato and I learned a new way to make tucks.

Here I show it to you.

Técnica para hacer pliegues propuesta por Hisako Sato

The level of work of this technique compared to the “traditional” one is enormous, (when I say traditional I mean the one learned at school), if you can really call technique a simple vertical seam. Anyway, while making the endless tucks that this model requires could not stop asking me a question:

Is it really worth all this work?

Looking for an answer, I decided to compare both techniques

Japanese technique of making tucks vs the traditional technique
Japanese technique of making tucks vs the traditional technique

At construction level the difference is brutal! but at an aesthetic level ….

In the first row I show you the back of the fabric where we can see the construction of both techniques. In the second row are the same pieces of fabric on the front and before being press, and in the third row are the same pieces after being press.

I do not know if you notice a visual difference between the two techniques, I don’t, and the truth is: that surprised me.

Trying to understand why someone would do a job that requires a considerable amount of time and skill when you can take a shortcut without compromising the final result, I came to the following conclusion:


It seems to me quite obvious which of the two techniques is made to last! Don’t you think?

And this does not surprise me, not from the Japanese!

My impression of them, seeing the way they have construct their clothes throughout history, is that they give value to textiles. Their dresses are made to overcome the test of time.

Now I keep asking myself another question:

are we making clothes to overcome the test of time?

Anyway, that was my conclusion, longevity, do you think it could be another reason? I’ll love to know your opinion!




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