The sewing of garments [by hand] - in relation to the interwoven nature of physical and psychological comfort/discomfort --- Clothing as a means of [silent] communication; specifically regarding gender and status.


[[The appearance of the female body has historically been distorted by fashions dictated by social pressure]. Why tolerate physical discomfort? Is it possible to find psychological comfort in clothing - ?? - Establishing links between architecture and clothing as environments that can be at once protective and restrictive].


Garments propose dressing for status, despite physical discomfort, as a coping mechanism; clothing here is at once resistant and submissive to social pressure. Quilted fabric makes reference to overindulgent - yet socially restrained - comfort. [Ref: Dada response to social trauma, and Bauhaus costume parties].