Pleating people mastered in antiquity. Skirts with such folds worn by women from the Chinese imperial family. Some dresses are real works of art. Often embedded in the folds of the clothes hid a picture that could fully see, smoothing pleating.
In medieval Europe, were very much in fashion pleated and pleated collars. Wore them mostly members of the upper class, and this item is an accessory of both female and male costume.
Nowadays, pleated skirt - a popular part of women's and children's wardrobe. Contemporary fashion designers are using this kind of fabric treatment sometimes quite suddenly. Small parallel folds may be located across the width of the skirt, and in separate parts. For example, a very popular option - smooth skirt with pleating in the front or side.
Pleating is used not only in clothing. Curtains with such folds give a special elegance of the interior. Pleating the edges can be issued even tablecloths and bedspreads.