Institute of Draped Clothes

Newsletter 8, June 2000


1. news
3. Jesus wore drapes...
4. encouragements sent to IDC
5. more on African drapes
6. on ancient plaids and Roman drapes: recreating drapes
7. more on Ancient Roman drapes
8. a personal note from Chantal

1. News:

*** The web site on the exhibition "The Indian Sari, Draping Bodies, Revealing Lives" as it happened in La Réunion last October is now in English as well as in French (you choose your language on the 1st page). You can see pictures of all the saris shown and read all the captions.

*** If you know or participate in an event, web site, etc. connected with draping, please let us know. This "news" feature is yours!


We now have over eighty members in the USA! I would like to take this
opportunity to thank some of our newest members for the warm and informative feedback I have received since our last newsletter. Many good suggestions as to what kinds of organizations and individuals might be interested in the IDC-USA have been received. Your contributions are sincerely appreciated!
I have a new ISP and have set up a new mailbox especially for the IDC-USA, but have not yet worked out some software kinks. I will post the new address in our next newsletter. (Until then, please continue to send your e-mail for IDC-USA to I have learned so much new software in the last two months, my brain took some "down" time from computer matters. However, I am enjoying this opportunity to be of service to the IDC!

--Pauline Pavon--

3. Jesus wore drapes...

Thanks to Dominic Eckersley, for the following:

"I have one more tidbit for you from the Bible. John, in his Passion,
states that Jesus' tunic was of one piece of cloth, with no seams, thus
it was not cut up and divided among the soldiers (and therefore spoilt),
but bartered for with lots."

4. Encouragements sent to IDC.

"I am writing to congratulate you on your efforts to bring the world of draped clothing to the general public. I have been fascinated with draped clothing especially saris since my mother dress me up in a saris for Halloween when I was a little girl. Not until Chantal's book came out, and I came to understand the allure of the sari, did I ever consider wearing one as an everyday outfit. I have placed an order for 4 saris and I can hardly wait to get them. I am African American, but I have a distant Indian relative. Maybe this explains my obsession.

Wishing you the best of luck,"
Candice E. Williams
North Carolina, USA


"I wish to thank you for sending me your Newsletters and to congratulate you for the development of the network on Draped Clothes. I have no doubt that the membership will expand with time as this is a topic which touches all categories of people over the world.

With my renewed encouragement and all best wishes,"

Indrasen Vencatachellum
Chief Unit for Crafts & Design,UNESCO

5. More on African drapes:

"I am not much of an expert on drapes. But apart from Ghana (Ashanti) draped clothing is worn in the Horn of Africa also. In Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti women wear a kind of Muslim covering quite similar to the Sari. I have seen this but do not know much more.

I enjoy reading your newsletters. Thanks. Regards,"


6. On ancient plaids and Roman drapes: recreating drapes
--submitted by Pauline Pavon

I understand the point made by Dominic Eckersley in the last issue, about iconographic records being discounted when it comes to draped garments. I recently read an article on the role of drapery in fashion and art from a historical perspective. It suggests that certain problems are inherent in reproducing certain draped garments depicted in ancient art, especially sculpture from certain periods in history. I did not entirely agree with the points made by the author relating to this issue, but it did provide some food for thought. We at the IDC have our work cut out for us! (Others have accurately reproduced draped garments depicted in ancient statuary: please see Roman Clothing Sources, below.)

7. More on Ancient Roman drapes
--submitted by Pauline Pavon

Thank you to Audrey Bailey for her book review of "Costumes of the Greeks and Romans" by Thomas Hope (IDC Newsletter 5, March 2000). I purchased a copy and its illustrations are excellent as she described. For more information on the clothing of the ancient Romans, as well as some draping instructions, please see the links listed below. They are all from the same site, but I have put them in what I believe to be a logical sequence. Don't miss the slide presentation of a modern "fashion show" of ancient Roman clothing, reproduced from statuary. There is an external link to it on the Roman

Clothing Sources pages:
Roman Clothing I:
Roman Clothing II:
Roman Clothing Sources:
Roman Clothing II Image List:

8. A personal note from Chantal:

IDC is growing, slowly but surely. For once this newsletter is on time and there are many contributions, mostly from Pauline but also from other members.
A new member suggested we create a listserv so that IDC members could share information and ideas. Although this newsletter is not technically speaking a listserv, it is just like one and all of you are very free to send your reactions and remarks, and whatever you feel like writing. Please do not forget that this newsletter is FOR YOU, to express whatever you have to say on the subject of draped clothes. DO NOT FEEL SHY. Send all your submissions to <>.
I hope that very soon we will be able to have web pages on each subject, to which members will be able to add their contributions, and discuss matters. Since new members join all the time, they must have a way to check what has been discussed before they joined, so I think a kind of permanent online "magazine" would be a good format. Let me know what you think, and if you wish to contribute to a web page on a specific subject (plaids, saris, Roman drapes, etc.), please let me know.
Thank you all for your support, and especially to Pauline who is doing such a great work.


Best wishes!

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