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Starry Indigo
Starry Indigo embodies two vital Japanese textile traditions which derive from the kimono: indigo dyeing which can achieve the darkest and lightest of blues through repeated dipping in the dye vat, and woven silk accentuated by luxurious metallic coated washi thread (silver in Starry Indigo). The appearance of starlets twinkling in a midnight blue sky...
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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How to Minimize Waste
Reduce, recycle, and reuse are the three words to live by when thinking of how to limit waste generation and the human footprint on the environment.
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Green Glossary: A for Artisanal
What the term means in the 21st-century.
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Scraps Stories
Welcome to the blog series inspired by the exhibition Scraps: Fashion, Textiles,and Creative Reuse.
DISEÑO Lecture | Edmundo Castillo on Shoe Design
Shoe designer Edmundo Castillo, Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Aquatalia, on his influences and process, followed by a discussion with W Magazine Digital Features Director, Erik Maza. Prior to joining Aquatalia, Edmundo Castillo worked alongside industry icons Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Sergio Rossi before launching his eponymous collection in 1999. He has...
Painted Pleats: A History of European Fan Painting
Jacob Moss, Curator of London’s Fan Museum, traces the evolution of over 200 years of fan painting, using examples from Cooper Hewitt and The Fan Museum collections. This lecture is part of the Morse Historic Design Lecture Series. With the recent resurgence of interest in hand-held fan design, Cooper Hewitt’s historic collection of fans is...
Design Talks | Reflecting on Uniformity with Thom Browne
A conversation between Thom Browne, 2012 National Design Award winner for fashion design, and Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt. Thom Browne is guest curator of Thom Browne Selects, which features mirrors, frames, and reflective wallcovering chosen by the designer from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as Browne’s...