World 10

In World 10, creativism is akin to a world religion and making by hand is a quasi-devotional act.

Sewing, and those who stitch seams, are held in high esteem. Making your own clothes is regarded as an act of observance, a communing with materials and ancient knowledge, and a path to ‘enlightenment’. The use of first-hand or virgin cloth is limited to those who achieve the highest levels of somatic engagement.

For everyone else, the cutting of virgin cloth is taboo. Consequently, the repurposing of materials is common and the exchange of items from secondhand fabric stashes gains ritual significance at festive events.

What if …

creativity was our organising principle and making by hand was a devotional act?

Issue targeted:

textile waste and the undervaluing of everyday creativity, material engagement and emotional durability


amateur craft practices, home sewing and conscious use of materials

This World was contributed by Sally Cooke (located in Leeds, 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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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions