World 126

After the collapse of Western human centred civilisation in the 2020’s heatwaves in World 126, a panpsychist approach to clothing spread from the global south. To survive the increasing climate crisis, garments took control, collaborating with humans to form assemblages of beings. Layers of sentient bio-clothing formed on humans as complex collaborative communities.

Each living community made decisions for the good of the whole. The growing and adapting fibres steered human decision making to ensure survival. Clothing selected their human – the most sustainably aware humans flourished. Materials collaborated to balance ambient temperatures with their human. A consensus across fibre/human communities formed governments.

What if …

your clothing was sentient and could make decisions for themselves?

Issue:

the ecologically destructive nature of human centred clothing design

Inspiration:

Edwardo Khon, How Forests Think; Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality; Arturo Escobar, Designs for the Pluriverse

This World was contributed by Jane Norris (located in London, 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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