Designer unveils desktop mannequin

Published on: 15th February 2023

New tabletop mannequin Mashquin looks like a real-life mannequin and comes with fabrics, pins and trims to encourage children to unleash their inner fashionistas.

Mashquin, from designer Marisha Mistry, is a sustainable craft product that can be used repeatedly and is made from end-of-line or discontinued fabrics from retailers or charity shop finds to prevent unused fabrics from going to landfill.

“Last year, I launched Mashquin in a pop-up store at John Lewis and allowed children to interact with it. It was a hit as they loved it and didn’t want to leave,” said Marisha.

“I believe textiles and fashion are underrepresented. Mashquin can also be used in teaching environments where textile teaching is lacking. Sustainability is a critical issue, and Mashquin is a more sustainable option than plastic one-use products.”

Mashquin is a safe, easy and clean indoor activity for children of all ages to unleash their creativity and challenge their senses. Children can spend hours pinning on colourful fabric swatches and sparkling trims to create stunning outfits for their mini-mannequin. It is suitable for both children aged 5+ and teenagers, and guarantees a lengthy break from screentime.

“I designed the Mashquin to be used precisely like its full-sized sister; children can pair and drape colourful fabrics around the bodice to create ball gowns, costumes, patterns and anything else their imagination invents,” commented Marisha.

Included in the reusable storage box is a desktop mannequin, wooden base (10cm diameter), adjustable wooden pole (extends to 63.5cm) and polystyrene bodice (8.5 x 30cm). The Dressmaker Pack includes five pieces of quality dressmaking fabric (min. 30 x 30cm), three pieces of trim (min. 50cm) and a set of dressmaker pins. Additional fabric bundles are also available to purchase.

To find out more, email Marisha at


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