Sensewear: Calming Clothing
The designs help autistic people deal with activities they find challenging, such as getting dressed, wearing certain materials, playing and stimulating their senses. Reversible garments eliminate the problem of wearing clothing inside out. The fabrics are smooth and free from buttons, zippers and tags, as autism-related sensory issues mean certain materials are difficult to touch.
Bite Me, a necklace with a soft rubber attachment, helps the wearer express emotions and let others know something is wrong by biting. Pump Me, a suit that tightens itself around the wearer, provides a hugging sensation, proven to relieve autistic people of anxiety.
"We see that such clothes could be useful for lots of people. In our daily life, we are sometimes confronted with stressful situations in which we would like to build some kind of shelter around us," Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, the designers behind Sensewear, told website Designboom.