Slow Fashion

You may have heard of the slow food movement devoted to eschewing fast and processed foods in favor of healthier—and thus slower to cook—foods, but have you heard about slow fashion?


The term slow fashion was coined by Kate Fletcher in 2007, and originally the movement wanted people to only wear handmade clothing, either purchased or made at home. Today, this definition has changed some, but the idea of rejecting mass-produced cheaply made items of clothing remains the same. Slow fashion is all about sustainable, quality clothing designed to last much longer than most fashion trends. There is also an emphasis on repairing damaged clothes, using sustainable materials, and purchasing fair-trade materials and clothing.


As weavers, many of us are probably already members of the movement without realizing it, whether we weave and sew our own clothing or choose to purchase handmade garments made by somebody else. We know the love and appreciate the effort that goes into these items and also the quality that comes from handwoven and handsewn garments.


So if anyone ever asks you why you have such an “old-fashioned” hobby, or if they make the joke that “Isn’t it easier and cheaper to buy such things?” you can say that you belong to the slow fashion movement, and by weaving you’re helping make the world a better place. 

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