World 36, Exploration B

Sketch of a patchwork shirt, and a sample of visible mending.

In World 36 the global pandemic has simply changed the way we perceive something as new. Recycling and reusing has become the lifestyle craze we all needed – particularly with the pandemic shining light on the effects of wastage and unethical corporations on the environment.

Instead of fast fashion dictating the ideal of what to wear and buy, mending what you already have is refreshing with greater awareness to sustainability. Hope and appreciation to things we already own is presented within the mending studios and has become a socially, environmentally and beneficial alternative. A range of crafting and repurposing techniques are used to create a diverse sense of style, culture and uniqueness. Processes including ethical dyeing, patch-working, embroidery, distressing … the excitement arises when you get to choose. Mending is trending so brighten up your existing wardrobe and brighten up our planet.

This Exploration was contributed by Alice Newnham-Stebbings and Fashion Fictions contributors (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Sara E. Bernat, 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 authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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