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Title: Design and Construction of 3-D Surface Designed Wedding Gown made of Natural Fabrics Suitable for the Tropics: An Alternative to the Polyester Satin Wedding Gown
Authors: Amankwah, Akosua M.
Asinyo, Benjamin Kwablah
Frimpong, Charles
Keywords: fabric development
wedding gown
natural fabrics
surface decoration technique
symbolic cultural identity
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: International Journal of Fiber and Textile Research
Citation: International Journal of Fiber and Textile Research 2013; 3(1): 36-42
Abstract: A bride exchanges her marriage vows in a special gown meant to be worn only once, an indication of the importance attached to the event. This study sought to find a solution to the uncomfortable polyester satin wedding gown worn for such occasions by brides in tropical countries like Ghana, an obvious colonial legacy. The experimental study focused on the use of natural fabrics in place of satin and addresses the inadequate lustre in natural fabrics which is a major consideration in the choice of satin for wedding gowns and finally, developed a surface decoration technique that adds interest and surface attraction to natural fabrics. The study revealed interesting results: natural fabrics from seed and bast fibre categories could be used for wedding gowns. Surface decoration methods developed such as fraying, knotting, pulling, twisting and splitting resulted in the creation of three dimensional (3-D) surface design which was stacked onto a base fabric made of a fitted dress underneath. Finally, design positions could be altered at any time as they do not form an integral part of the gown. The result is an innovative wedding gown that offers a new look for tropical weddings. It is a highly competitive product making less use of technology.
Description: Article published in International Journal of Fiber and Textile Research, 2013. Also available at /www.urpjournals.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7295
ISSN: 2277-7156
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