Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, inc., in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in preservation of local craft traditions. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.

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Green Glossary: G for Greenwashing
Sustainability has become fashion’s hottest topic – at least in words and marketing campaigns. Green, clean, organic materials, natural fibers and dyes, recycled products, eco-conscious… In the abundant sustainability lexicon used by fashion companies for branding and marketing, customers can easily get confused. For instance, natural fibers are not necessarily organic, and chemical fibers such as polyester can...
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Make Do and Mend: The Art of Repair
MENDING TRADITIONS Mending used to be a widespread households practice. Linens and clothes were carefully maintained. The main motivation was economic: it was much cheaper to repair fabrics and garments than to purchase new items. Textile history is filled with compelling examples of repairs. In the eighteenth-century Great Britain and Holland, young girls learned how to mend on darning samplers. They patiently filled holes...
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Infographic: Where Do Our Unwanted Clothes Go?
What happens to all of our clothes after we no longer want them?
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Green Glossary: C for Carbon Footprint
The term "carbon footprint" refers to the impact of human activity on the environment based on levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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Kantha: Reinventing Old Saris
Kantha is the practice of reinventing worn cotton fabric into household textiles in India and Bangladesh.
Luisa Cevese using yarn waste. Courtesy of Reidizioni.
Textile Waste Comes in Many Forms
What defines pre-consumer textile waste?
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Infographic: Environmental Impacts of the Textile Industry
The fashion and textile industry is an intricate business. Do you know how it works?
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Green Glossary: B for Biodegradable
While natural and synthetic fibers are nearly 100% recyclable as long as they are not blended, not all textiles are 100% biodegradable.
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Boro and Other Japanese Recycled Wonders
Textile expert Stephen Szczepanek, owner of the textile gallery Sri, shares his knowledge about the remarkable recycling practices that were deeply embedded in Japanese folk culture.