In World 45, window coverings – rather than personal wardrobes – are the focus of fashion. Since the development of power looms in the Industrial Revolution, people have been superstitious about cutting newly woven cloth; consequently, all textiles are initially used as curtains. It is considered bad luck to make a curtain into garments or other items until it has been hung for at least a year.
With textile production inevitably limited, fabric is highly valued and remaking is a necessity. A garment made directly from curtain fabric is kept for best, while ‘everyday’ items are typically remade from other worn-out clothes.
What if …
customs meant that fabric was valued and reused?
overproduction and overconsumption
people expressing themselves and connecting with others via items in their windows during 2020 lockdown; the design-for-sustainability idea of a cascade of use, with multiple iterations; instructions for cutting children’s clothes from adult garments
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