Slow Clothing: finding meaning in what we wear presents a compelling case for wearers to change the way we dress and encapsulates a philosophy that is the antithesis of fast fashion.
Based on Jane Milburn’s five-year journey into natural fibres and upcycling, the book was launched recently in Sydney by ABC-TV’s War on Waste crusader Craig Reucassel and in Brisbane by ABC broadcaster Rebecca Levingston.
It includes the Slow Clothing Manifesto as a framework for choosing, wearing and caring for clothes as well as simple upcycling techniques and ways to repair and mend clothes. There are diagrams showing how to do basic hand-stitching, darning and sewing on a button.
‘Hand stitching is a mindful and useful activity. The book demystifies and makes it accessible to everyone—as a way to explore our own creativity and do our bit for planetary health by extending the useful life of existing clothes,’ Jane said.
Slow Clothing is based on individuals gaining autonomy and agency through 10 conscious beliefs and actions—think, natural, quality, local, few, care, make, revive, adapt and salvage.
‘With Slow Clothing, we reflect our own style and spirit, independent of fashion cycles. We buy carefully, gain skills, and care for what we wear as an embodiment of ourselves. Through this action we, the wearers, become original, authentic and resourceful.
‘When we can mend and make our own mark on things, we are liberated from commodification and an endless search for meaning though buying more stuff.’
Jane founded Textile Beat in Brisbane in 2013 as a way of rethinking clothing culture based on creative ways of dressing and has presented hundreds of slow clothing workshops and talks around Australia with individuals, groups, teachers, students and councils.
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