We all wear clothes most of the time. And we all buy these things to wear that are most often made over seas. Well….with the double tragedy in Bangledesh recently, we should be rethinking things. Did you all know that there are 500 factories in Bangledesh alone and only 200 are certified safe?
Are you as proud as I am to wear a pair of cheap undies that cost somebody their life? Or was the reason a virgin girl was raped in a factory in Jordan? Repeatedly?
It doesn’t really anger me at all. I am beyond anger. I am saddened. Pure and simple grief. because these things happen in my name.
I keep saying that I will make my own clothes then. I try. I am going to try harder. Sure, I will buy second hand. Its here. And buying fabric is an issue that leads back to the same type of slave trade but I do have a stash. Maybe there are answers to that.
For one thing, how much clothes does a person need? I know, I have written about it before. I have done nothing. I have gotten virtually no response outside of my loyal choir of One (Chris).
I think I will look locally. I mentioned it to somebody who was interested in slow and local food and she didn’t take an interest whatsoever but perhaps she doesn’t care about fashion? I will try again.
I think people don’t realize that if we don’t sew well or design well, its okay. We just need to change our aesthetic. Or maybe be need to revert to vintage. Its up to each of us to decide that but just like anything else we are trying to change, it has to start with something!
I am knitting a vintage sweater pattern with yarn I took from a coat sweater my mom gave me last year. I dyed it gray. It looks nearly new.
I need summer clothes due to weight gain. thats more immediate.
I will be back with a plan. And maybe something to show. Some links.
May the victims of our garment obsession rest in peace.
Because I am prepping for a terrible test, I have not eaten in 24 hours and am drinking some awful liquid , I am trying to occupy my mind with silly notions.
I am going to go shower soon and once dried off, I will need a pair of underpants and a bra.
Then, I will put on a pair of yoga pants since I am aiming for comfort today. And a tshirt.
Over this will go a sweater because it looks like we are entering the Ice Age in our area despite it being mid April.
A pair of socks.
Maybe a neck warmer if my hair is very wet.
A coat and boots.
What comes off when indoors? The coat and boots. Maybe the sweater if I have long sleeves on beneath. But slippers come on. And at night, a pair of pajamas or a nightgown. Maybe a robe.
Summer is different. I usually forgo a bra and put on a sundress and sandals. A Sunhat too. Done.
My purpose here is not to state the obvious. I was wondering yet again what it would take to cloth oneself if one made it all by hand. Knit, sew, weave, crochet and felt. Also recycle and alter old clothes into new ideas.
Not shoes though I desperately would like to learn how to do that. But at least slippers?
Thats a great deal of ownership of clothing just for one day in winter isn’t it?
But how or why?
I mentioned before that one of my favorite projects out in the stratosphere was the Fibershed project. Its all about locally producing clothing using local resources.
I have kept an eye open for local enterprises that might help a person produce clothing based on local resources only but the only mill in town (used to process yarn) went out of business last summer. Its not feasible around here unless one went the artisan route or produced using whatever was available around in used format-thrift stores for example to make things. We have plenty of local yarn and local dyes would be easy enough with planning.
Anyhow, I’ve mulled this over a lot. Is it feasible? Some say that nobody produces zippers locally. Tell that to Amish. They don’t use zippers. No need. I think its feasible because the Amish make it so. I think they don’t own as much clothing as we do-maybe two work outfits, one Sunday best outfit and under things. Not sure where they buy their denims but I do see them buying fabric at Walmart for quilts. Ah well.