The story of textiles told by fast fashion, has become reduced to a disposable commodity. Over the last century we have lost our traditions, our connection, and our stories associated with our most intimate artefacts, textiles.
We no longer know where our textiles are grown or the farmers that produced them. We don’t know who cleaned the fibres and spun the yarn. We don’t know where or how the yarn was knit or woven. We don’t know where that fabric was sent to be dyed or what the dyes are made of. We don’t know who cut the fabric, tracing the designer’s pattern. We don’t know in what country, in what factory, by what person our clothes have been constructed and sewn.
The work is vast to create textile products. And it’s done all over the world, touched by many hands. This disconnection created from the current growth logic economy has allowed for exploitation and environmental destruction to control the textile industry.
From a local context there’s an opportunity to change the story. By scaling down and using regenerative farming practices and regional fibres we can start to build healthy soil and holistic ecosystems that can mitigate the effects of the climate crisis by sequestering carbon to put back into the soil.
By knowing the community of people that make textiles possible, we can start to form relationships to help our local industry thrive. A local industry can make a healthy local economy with meaningful work opportunities, building community resilience.