HOW IT's MADE: DRAWN SCARF
I have often noticed that the idea of a laser cut drawing seems like magic to most people. Not understanding how a laser cutting machine works, some even think I am cutting the patterns with something like a lightsaber - not kidding, this was said out loud - while it basically is just like a huge printer.
I don't mean to take the magic away, instead I hope to add a bit more magic by showing how inspiring and beautiful the whole process of making these scarves really is.
Below a short explanation, pictures and a movie of the cutting itself.
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THE BORING PART
First we start with selecting the leather skins. Unfortunately skins don't grow per square meter with straight edges; natural leather has irregularities. To cut the patterns of the scarf we need piece that is large enough without any holes, scratches or discolorations. To select the skins for a scarf we are turning and flipping the patterns until we find a match.
MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE
After aligning the leather in the machine we again measure if the pattern will fit on the leather because we need to pick the right starting point for the machine.
Measure twice, cut once... we measure one more time if everything is aligned and the pattern will be cut in the exact right spot.
We can finally start cutting!
AND NOW WE WAIT...
The video is of course edited. I wish it took 40 seconds but the actual cutting time of one full scarf is about 1.5 hours. Watching the machine helps passing the time, even after cutting so many garments I am still mesmerized by how the machine cuts the patterns.