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Image features: Embroidered and appliquéd rectangular panel with floral and geometric patterning. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Recycled Jamdani
Jamdani is a Persian term for the extremely fine hand woven figured muslins made in Bengal. Thicker cotton threads laid individually into the weft produce the illusion of a suspended pattern on the surface of an almost transparent cloth. Intricate color motives seem to float on the cloth. Jamdani is generally thought to have derived...
Length of fabric in which squares of various woven and embroidered white Nuno fabrics are machine stitched to a water-soluble base cloth which is then dissolved away, leaving an open ground with 'floating' scraps. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object
Tradition and Technology
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Tsugihagi was designed by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan’s most important contemporary textile designers. Educated at Musashino Art University, she and Junichi Arai (Japanese, 1932–2017) were the co-founders in 1984 of the Japanese company and store, NUNO,...
Green Glossary: K for Kibiso
Kibiso is a Japanese word referring to a type of silk waste.
Scraps: Resource List
Online resources on sustainable textiles and fashion.
Korean Patchwork
The functionality, aesthetic, and craftmanship of Korean Bojagi cloths.
Green Glossary: G for Greenwashing
Many fashion companies claim to be "green," but are they really?
Make Do and Mend: The Art of Repair
Environmental and ethical reasons to extend the life of old clothing.
Infographic: Where Do Our Unwanted Clothes Go?
What happens to all of our clothes after we no longer want them?
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.