Creative Design: Graduate


  • Kelsie N Doty (Cornell University)


The purpose of Strata was to explore using shredded cotton, linen, and silk from secondhand Eileen Fisher garments and create a fully biodegradable garment using only natural textiles and threads. Inspiration was taken from layered rock formations that can be seen along the roadsides in the Flint Hills of Kansas and the cyclical nature of life, decomposition, death and rebirth. Shredded fibers were placed between layers of 100% silk organza and 100% silk gauze and bonded using heat set fusible web. For the final design, these textiles were layered with ruffled silk organza, inspired by the look of striated rock. The cut edges of silk organza were left raw and purposely frayed to add visual texture. The base garment is 100% linen which has been designed to crisscross over the back to eliminate the need for metal or plastic closures.

How to Cite:

Doty, K. N., (2017) “Strata”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed