The 'Origami pleat scarf', designed in 1997 and purchased by the donor in 1999, is an excellent example of the innovative and experimental approach to textile design and production evident in contemporary Japan. The scarf was designed by Reiko Sudo (b. 1953) and manufactured by the Nuno Corporation, Tokyo (est. 1984), using a technique developed by Mizue Okada (b. 1974). Nuno textiles are devised using a combination of traditional techniques, materials and aesthetics with pioneering work using synthetics, computers, technological advances and experimentation. The polyester fabric for the scarf was folded repeatedly at sharp angles in the style of origami, Japanese paper folding, and dyed in maroon, green and dark blue before being 'permanently pressed' using a specially developed heat-based pleating process. The inventive design and manufacture of the scarf have afforded it the capacity to be fully expanded for wear and to spring back to its original folded long, narrow, flat shape when released. Part of a range of origami pleat garments and accessories, the scarves were still in production in 2001.