Children grow 7 sizes in their first two years on Earth. These growth spurts can in the long run, not only prove to be extremely costly for parents but also generate more fabric waste than necessary. So the concept of developing clothing that is adaptable to children’s growth spurts has been circulating for the past few years. It’s called slow, sustainable fashion.
Ryan Yasin bought his nephew clothes for his age and then discovered that he had already grown out of them. The experience spurred the 24-year-old to develop a line of garments that would allow children’s clothes to grow with them throughout the first few years of their lives.
Petit Pli is an origami-inspired range of children’s clothing made from a durable pleated fabric that expands bidirectionally from 4 to 36 months, to accommodate the growth of up to 7 sizes.
“The continuous size adjustment is a new way of approaching garment design, one suitable to high growth rates and discrepancies in children’s sizes.”
Ryan has been awarded the prestigious James Dyson Award for his patent-pending design and aims to make so-called Petit Pli “the most advanced kids’ clothing in the world”.
The idea behind the method used is quite simple. Yasin has achieved auxetic properties through permanent pleating, resembling origami. The pleats move bi-directionally, expanding and contracting to accommodate required size changes for the child. Heat treatment fixes these properties permanently in place, even after being washed.
The Petit Pli clothes are ultra-lightweight, machine proof, windproof and waterproof – making them easier to handle than a lot of children’s clothing out there already. Moreover, the technology introduces the concept of sustainable clothing – it reduces waste by ensuring that a single piece of garment can be worn for longer than usual. The cause has been taken up by others in the past few years, but the numbers are nowhere close to where they should be in this time and age.