World 167

In World 167, all the people are dressed in traditional handmade costumes in countries across the world. The origins of this culture can be traced back to the rise of the industrial revolution in the 18th century. The popularity of numerous easy-to-wear clothing has increased awareness of the value of traditional attire, which cannot be replaced by machine mass production.

Traditional garments perform several functions in daily life and special occasions. Most people have mastered their own indigenous handcraft methods since traditional costume making usually needs exquisite craftsmanship. People can foster cultural interchange and the preservation of craftsmanship when they see various traditional costumes.

What if …

all the people were dressed in traditional handmade costume in their daily life, so people are able to share their traditional cultures easily? As a result of the widespread use of traditional garments, the value of handcraft would grow, resulting in a steady reduction in fast fashion waste.

Issue:

The industrial revolution was a movement that began in England in the eighteenth century and swiftly spread throughout Europe and North America, introducing new technology that enhanced production and made people’s lives easier. The first industrial revolution, which occurred during a period of rapid industrialisation, had a profound impact on all businesses and industries, particularly the fashion, garment, and textile industries. It also had an impact on people’s lifestyles, as well as the way we now create and consume clothing. Due to the industrial revolution, people’s dressing and living habits have changed. Fast-paced production led to a preference for simple clothing rather than complex handmade traditional garments. This has led to the disappearance of traditional clothing and craftsmanship, and this substitution has caused a lot of environmental pollution.

Inspiration:

Fast-paced production has resulted in an increase in clothing demand, as well as waste. The popularity of numerous easy-to-wear clothing has increased awareness of the value of traditional attire, which cannot be replaced by machine mass production. Waste will be decreased if we all wear traditional clothing instead than fast-paced manufactured clothing. Traditional clothing, handcrafts and sustainability will be widely promoted, and cultural exchange and transmission will become diverse.

This World was contributed by Shiyi Leng (located in Australia) 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

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