Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse: A New Exhibit at the Textile Museum
By Lauren Klamm
Before you throw out those old bits of fabrics, torn shirts or worn out blankets, take a trip to Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse (now through January 7, 2018) the new exhibit at the Textile Museum at George Washington University. The show highlights three designers, Reiko Sudo of Tokyo, Luisa Ceves of Milan, and Christina Kim of Los Angeles, who are transforming how the fashion industry treats traditionally discarded materials. From a torn sari to the tangled inner casing of a silk cocoon, nothing is wasted.
Old and worn clothes often seem easier to just throw away, but reinvestment, not only in the textile itself, but also the craft of making clothing, could have world-impacting consequences. In 2010, the EPA estimated that the US alone discarded 13.1 million tons of textiles, a shocking 11 million tons of which made it into landfills!¹ From the space it consumes to the chemicals off-gassing into the soil and air, textile waste is a major issue. Reducing and eliminating this waste and changing the way we look at these old clothes could have a great impact.
Showcasing three distinct and innovative methods, Scraps details the processes of each artist and how they not only turn trash to couture, but how they are filling a need in our ever eco-conscious society.
Environmentally and technologically innovative, this exhibit is also inspiring to anyone who has struggled to find a use for that itty-bitty slice of beloved fabric that just can’t be thrown away. You have been officially warned, this exhibit may make you keep every last piece of fabric you own!
1. Wallander, Mattias . “Why Textile Waste Should Be Banned from Landfills.” Triple Pundit, Triple Pundit, 2 Jan. 2012, www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/textile-waste-be-banned-landfills