World 171

In World 171 the 2020 COVID lockdowns mean residents in England only leave home for essential provisions and local exercise. New materials don’t enter or leave the area. Walking in local pockets of green space becomes the most popular activity. People’s awareness of material things and the earth giving rise to them (and us) increases.

In the absence of visitors, clothes and other objects in the home become part of the extended household. Some are named and all are appreciated for what they contribute to everyday life. Relationships of care are extended and earthly origins traced in genealogical style. Prized possessions have elaborate ‘family trees’.

What if …

we were more aware of the origin of things?

Issue:

materiality, extraction, decoloniality, garment care, transparency

Inspiration:

World 63; cultures less embedded in a modernist world view where e.g. ancestral relationships with land and environment are given more meaning: Orsola De Castro’s Joan Crawford quote: ‘care for your clothes like the good friends they are’

This World was contributed by Sally Cooke (located in Leeds, UK), developed from a World contributed by Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran, 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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