Things we learnt about clothes in the past

Clothing of today is diverse - there’s something for everyone. But clothes are often short-lived and hurled into landfills as fast as new ones are being added to the racks. We sought lessons from history to understand why and how clothes were once cherished for years.

Clothes were much simpler in the past. Attention was given to the weaving of the fabric and because it was skillfully done by hand, clothes were really just a piece of cloth over the body like the tunics and sheath dresses worn by the ancient Egyptians. They wore it for work and leisure, perverse to how it is today with a style for different times of the day.

Similarly, the Japanese wore the Yukata, a casual summer kimono, that were made of cotton, linen or hemp. While its formal, silk counterparts are valued and framed for illustrating the history of Japan, the Yukata are repaired, reworked and passed down through generations.

An entire bolt of fabric called a tan is used to make kimonos - two panels covering the body, another two panels forming the sleeves and smaller strips for the narrow front panels and collar. Proving that zero-waste design has existed for centuries, just not commonly practiced today.

So we asked ourselves: What if we create a piece of clothing that honour the lessons from the past to add value to your modern life?

Something that puts you at ease in a busy world. That doesn’t get in the way of your movement throughout the day. You’d want to show up and even sleep in. You’d want to wear it for years and still feel like you’re wearing for the first time.

And so we did in 2015.


Hey, we’re sister duo textile designers always up for sharing what we know.

Aisah Dalduri