World 38

In World 38, during prehistory humans were unable to hunt and kill animals for their skins as the first body-coverings. Natural materials were applied with layers of mud to keep ourselves warm. Tribes stayed in warm climates leading to advanced civilisations in the global south and a homogenous skin colour. Animals were held in high respect and revered within communities.

Societies developed without patriarchy as there were no hunters. Wealth and status could not be expressed through furs and silks as body covering were functional and practical with flowers used for celebrations. Plant cultivators were the most highly regarded within society.

What if …

as a species we were not able to hunt animals for their skins?

Issue targeted:

rethinking the value of clothes and materials

Inspiration:

veganism!

This World was contributed by Ismay Mummery (located in Ashby de la Zouch, 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

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