1. WHY?

Unlike all other textile arts and crafts (embroidery, knitting, stitching, weaving, etc.), the art of draped clothes has been entirely overlooked. There is no ongoing research on this art & craft, no teaching, no recording or preservation.Draping clothes is a volatile art. It relies entirely on personal knowledge and creativity. We are not sure, today, how people in antiquity draped their costumes. Many ancient ways of draping saris are forgotten today. If no institution starts research today, the art may soon vanish completely.Draping is a most ancient and widespread form of clothing, used by billions of people all over the word. It is part of mankind's heritage. We must give it its right place and recognition.Draping is fun! Draping is an accessible and rewarding creative endeavour. There is no reason why it should not develop and reenter fashion today.

 2. WHAT?

The institute concentrates on researching draped clothing as it still exists all over the world.

From the techniques learned in the present, the institute will help rediscover how to drape ancient costumes. The institute will find ways to preserve both ancient and contemporary draping techniques, and publish manuals of instruction.

The institute will analyze draped clothes techniques, study their cultural meanings, and publish the results.

By learning the sophisticated techniques of draped clothes, the institute will help create and promote new drapes as an element of modern fashion.

 3. HOW?

Besides maintaining a web site, we are creating national branches of IDC, as non-profit organisations. We publish a newsletter every 3 months, encourage research, and make available all kinds of material via links from the web site.

We can help in planning lectures, courses on draping techniques, exhibitions, etc.

Our members who do research in draped clothing can pool their knowledge to create the first world-wide database of draping techniques. Individuals and institutions can easily gain access to it by becoming members.

We contact institutions such as art schools, museums, libraries and others to convey the need for documentation, research and courses in draped clothes techniques.

We hope to be recognised as a worthwhile charity, and have donations declared tax-deductible in as many countries as possible. To achieve the Institute's goals we will need money.

We need your help and support. We need contacts, we need institutions to adopt our aims. Without the help of everyone supporting our cause, little can be done.

Would you like to help and support our work? Become a member today.

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