World 154

In World 154, humanity was driven to live underwater due to the rising of sea levels. By 2100, land-based resources and mass production of garments are no longer available. To adapt to underwater living conditions, each individual receives a limited ration of sustainable marine materials annually. This resulted in the rising influence of traditional Malaysian textile and garment making techniques which aid in the reduction of textile waste.

Distrust in governments that failed to stop global warming led to the adoption of decentralised cryptocurrencies in place of central bank issued currencies. Advancements in technology have also blurred the lines between the digital and physical realms.

What if …

global warming caused the majority of the world to be submerged in water, and the scarcity of land-based resources drove society to turn towards the wisdom of traditional textile and craft techniques in combination with the use of marine resources?


rising sea levels, loss of cultural heritage, depletion of natural resources


reflection on current world issues and technological trends including: global warming, marine conservation and sustainability, decentralisation, non-fungible tokens

This World was contributed by Cassilda, Vanessa, Phoebe, William, Khairina and Tian Ying (located in Singapore) 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