Cotton and Pleated
To fold common fabrics (silk, wool, and cotton) are not simple, nor cheap, not only for the Egyptians but in natural for all noble and rich people, the clothes folded by the dictates imposed by the fashion.
Today the most fashionable pleated fabric is made from pleated machines. Only fashion garments are pleated by hand and are of course more expensive.
Back to the old age of the Greeks used two brooches (pintle) pleated linen tunic, known as ion peplum, fixed in the shoulders and belt (kolpos) wrapped around the waist. The last long folds of the creative process, because it was made by hand; when the dress was washed, which had disappeared, and the whole process of pleating are performed repeatedly.
We can compare these robes to contemporary fashion clothing, so we can understand why the plisse was an elegant privilege, and why it is a sign of indulgence.
The wave form of a collar was passed through hot metal rolls which were used each time the fabric must be washed to lose its shape and size.
Plisse used an interchangeably to decorate shirts and tunics, caps, cuffs, belts and skirt hems.
Clothing was first cut and fabric sewn, which was almost 3 times larger than the finished garment, then sandwiched between two paper sheets and placed in a folding machine section. The garments were practical and functional; they could be easily stored, go well, does not require ironing, and dried in a few hours.