The Geometry of Asian Trousers

Penelope Woolfitt
Bridges Donostia: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2007)
Pages 427–430


This workshop will explore the simple geometry developed over the centuries by Asian tailors to make trousers without measurements. They discovered ways of cutting and structuring fabric with extraordinary economy to achieve maximum effect with minimum waste; a valuable attribute today. The techniques are useful for the teaching of geometry and proportion without the perils of number. Actual garments will be used for reference.