In the years after Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring shone a spotlight on the horrific impacts of pesticide use, public attention in World 2 shifted to chemical textile dyestuffs. A series of high-profile disasters, coinciding with a period of unprecedented international cooperation, led to a drastic measure: a worldwide ban on synthetic dyes.
Forced to regroup, the fashion industry attempted to focus the public’s attention on silhouette and construction. Yet wearers found they could not live without colour and pattern. A diverse range of intentional staining practices emerged, drawing on traditional dyeing knowledge and each carrying complex social meanings.
What if …
we couldn’t use synthetic dyes, and had to find other ways of colouring and decorating our clothes?
environmental and human impact of synthetic dye effluent and associated chemicals
an array of traditional and contemporary approaches to colouring fabrics without synthetic dyes
This World was contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd (located in Nottingham, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.
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