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Brief Published: 9 Mar 2012

The Rhythm of Paper


Israeli fashion designer Hila Martuzana has created a weather cycle-inspired dress collection titled The Rhythm of Paper using Tyvek – a non-woven technological textile that resembles paper. 

After graduating with a degree in arts and technology from Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv, Martuzana wanted to produce a fashion collection to reflect the climate-change, motion and rhythm of seasonal weather changes. While researching durable textiles that possess sculptural qualities, Martuzana discovered that Tyvek could be cut, folded and also heated to create a raised, bubble-effect surface.

In her four-piece dress collection, each garment fuses two seasons using different motifs, dimensions and arrangements of Tyvek paper strips. Typically worn by scientists in laboratories, Tyvek is a low-pressure polyethylene textile produced by the US science-based products and services company DuPont. Strong, water-resistant, lightweight and elastic, it cannot be torn and is unaffected by inorganic liquids.

Check out Stylus’s Method Fashion Spring/Summer 2013 industry trend for more Material & Print ideas led by science and the power of making.