In the meantime I found some fascinating stuff on Youtube about origami and a wonderful pleated dress made by Jolis Paons out of telephone books. Click on the word 'telephone books' to go to Jolis' Flickr site. I think it is one of the most amazing pieces of Wearable art I have seen.
I also found a website which showed pleated architecture
and pleated origami bowls and structures by Paul Jackson.
Sri threads have some really lovely antique shibori fabrics on their blog at the moment. I went to Arimatsu Shibori Museum last year and took this photo because I couldn't afford to buy any of the fabric so had to make do with a photo. I think I prefer the stuff on the Sri threads blog to the more complicated patterns on the pieces below (from the shop at Arimatsu Shibori Museum, near Nagoya).