World 181

In World 181, human beings all over the globe consider clothes their close, intimate friends and care for them greatly. People let the garments age with worthiness, grace and respect. Age and ageing are greatly desired and more coveted than youth.

People never throw clothes in the trash bin. The garments are used, reused, patched, repaired and recrafted. Clothes are like chameleons, changing color, form and functions throughout their lifetime. When a garment is finally worn out, there is a funeral, and then the garment is buried or burnt ceremonially.

What if …

people treated their clothes as close, intimate friends and cared for them greatly?

Issue:

New production of clothes and the obsession of virgin material in the fashion industry.

Inspiration:

Indigenous cultures where the elderly is highly respected.

This World was contributed by Kristin Winander (located in Stockholm, Sweden) 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