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Rethinking textiles in an age of waste

A research-creation project on Japanese sustainable textiles to rethink how we design, consume and dispose of garments in an age of waste

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·       The global fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil. The research aims to rethink how we design, consume and dispose of garments in this age of waste.

·       This research-creation investigation is based on one year of traveling and living in Japan (2019-2020) to investigate sustainable traditional and contemporary Japanese textiles and garment practices.

·       The participatory observational field research focuses on Japanese bast fibers and dyes that have a longstanding history in the country.

·       Through a directed-study compiling the field research and textile-making practice, a new future for textiles will be reimagined.

·       The project applies Japanese philosophies and aesthetic principles, slow fashion, design-with-care, regenerative, and participatory design approaches to examine the interaction of the body, skin and textiles. These will help uncover new possibilities for sustainable material and clothing futures that care for people and planet.

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