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Sustainfashionability

by Mafalda Costa on February 08, 2020
In the last few years, we have witnessed an increasing concern related to sustainability in the fashion industry.
The production of non-polluting fabrics, natural and organic, join the list of the recycling ones.
The path has taken us from the pineapple peel to the fish skin, creating new materials that don't differ from the textures we are accustomed.
Major honours achieved!
Tanmono Rolls
Tanmono Rolls

But the possibility of reusing a garment, without subjecting it to the chemical process imposed by textile fabrics recycling, belongs exclusively to the Kimono.

If we push the threads that unite all the pieces that make a kimono, we have 13,5 metres of straight fabric, with 38 cm width (Tanmono rolls) in our hands, ready to use.

We can add to the simplicity of the cut, "that fit every sort of body shape", the cultural and social history embed on the motif, color, techniques, materials (Hinagata bon/Design, pattern book) and still be surprised by the information kept on the length of the sleeves.

It's easy to explain our fascination…

Many fashion designers have found inspiration in the kimono.

Madeleine Vionnet

We watch it every year, season after season.

But there was a couturier that went beyond inspiration. Madeleine Vionnet followed the study, consistently, working on the simplicity of the cut of the kimono, creating new pieces of overlapping cultures. The result was timeless clothes.

Perhaps our problem is the way we use the fabric; from the 13,5 metres of fabric needed for the construction of a kimono, the waste is zero.

We should focus on the cut, and how to reduce the waist, every time we design a new piece.

The purpose is the creation of a new piece, reusing the fabric, without following the method of textiles recycling, saving energy and pollutants.

The challenge goes beyond recycling, and the answer lies somewhere between creativity and an exchange of cultures.

Less is still more. It serves for fashion and pollution.

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