|shibori dyed indigo silk scarf.|
i also am continuously frustrated by the lack of value placed on this very practical and beautiful practice. and on the whole slow fashion movement, as compared to fast fashion. fast fashion has allowed people (at least in western society) to ignore the environmental and social impacts of our practical needs for clothing in exchange for quick and cheap looks that change every month or two. so when someone does put the time and energy and skill into making an item of clothing by hand, its value is dismissed or severely underrepresented. add in the gender politics of clothing and handmade and craft and fashion and it's a whole other ballgame.
|new shawl design and bison tooth earring.|
|socks are weirdly the one accessory that counts. maybe because they're so much effort for something so everyday?|
weirdly, i often don't think about my handknits as part of a handmade wardrobe. well, sweaters yes, but accessories not so much. same goes for jewelry. i make pieces regularly with stones and bones and metal and leather, but if i'm taking stock of what handmade items i'm wearing on any given day, i often skip over them. for some reason, i think of a handmade wardrobe as the clothing i sew. i don't really know why that is. i don't think it's a hierarchy in my head. but maybe it's because sewing doesn't come as naturally to me, and so it feels more like work, and that's why it counts more than the other things. or because if i sew something, it probably stays on my body all day instead of being taken on and off. i haven't quite figured this bit out yet.
slow fashion is something that i believe deeply in, and that i'm constantly analyzing and processing and working on. it's also something steeped in many layers of privilege, which i think we don't acknowledge often enough. slow fashion requires time and money and skills that have been learned either through familial traditions or mentorship or training of some sort, all of which have their own layers of privilege. so i consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the skills that i do, and constant access to more knowledge, and a wealth of materials through my local fibre shed and the internet. a handmade wardrobe tells a whole story with so many tiny and huge threads interwoven in its fabric. you can't just pick one or two without causing a ripple effect elsewhere. it's an opportunity for constant growth and learning. and it's irresponsible of us to not acknowledge that.
|another new shawl design, using julie's yarn.|
so, that's me, at least in this context. rambling, and political, and kind of confused and constantly learning. and deeply, deeply passionate about all of it. i'll share more of my actual making later this month.