The finished product. Scroll for images of the last few stages if curious. This piece along with another that I'm due to weave on my #backstraploom will be going to a couple from Capel, WA where some of the cotton (the yarn dyed greyish in shade) was grown. To commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary. Very honoured. #slowcloth#handcraftedwithheart
This is Juana weaving a scarf with naturally dyed cotton threads on a backstrap loom in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala.
This quaint lake town has become known for its beautiful handmade textiles and natural dyeing techniques using plants and beetles. It’s refreshing to see and learn about the process, especially in a world of fast fashion where we are so disconnected from the garments touching our skin 👚👖
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. It uses more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals to bleach, treat, and brighten our clothes. Most clothing factories are in developing countries with weak regulations and these chemicals are often dumped into rivers, turning them unnatural shades of reds and blues 😵
What can we do?
🌿 Learn more through documentaries like RiverBlue and The True Cost.
🌿 Treat our clothes as investments, not disposable fads.
🌿 Quality over quantity. Make it last.
🌿 Make sure we truly love what we are about to buy - and not just buy it because it’s on sale.
🌿 Buy second-hand.
🌿 Seek out sustainable, ethical, and/or slow fashion brands. Some great ones include @patagonia@casaflordesigns@peopletreeuk@everlane@stela_9@wearpact@alternativeapparel .
Fashion is an area of my life I’m eager to be more conscious about - and that will never go out of style 💁🏻♀️🌎