8 July, 2020
Fashion is a means of self-expression. Choosing and ultimately wearing the clothes have a purpose. Like the words we choose to communicate, the clothes we put on have an impact on us and others. Clothes not only helps to keep our bodies warm and comfortable but also helps in defining one’s personality.
What if something doesn’t fit or is stained/torn? Do you throw it away? You know, your clothes have an afterlife. Upcycling fashion is the new trend that’s attracting masses. It’s the reconstruction of the pieces of clothing. Part of sustainable fashion-upcycling means using old or discarded or vintage clothes and transforming them into something which is better than its original design and adds value to the final product. The goal of this recycling process is to transform the ‘unwanted’ clothes and refashion a wearable product from it. Upcycling can be done using either pre-consumer waste, post-consumer waste, or both. The former takes place using the leftover pieces that are produced during the manufacturing process of the garment. While, post-consumer waste means using garments that the consumer doesn’t need or want anymore, or have defects.
The idea of refashioning apparel is one of the most sustainable things people can do in fashion. Creative and new-fashioned ways are used to renew the textiles. There are enormous environmental benefits associated with upcycling clothing. Since the lesser raw material is used, it reduces the harmful impacts of fashion production. Upcycling fashion is eco-friendly and helps in eliminating the waste products and thus stops adding stuff to a world that is already overwhelmed with material things. These new designs stir controversy in the fashion industry because they challenge cultural perceptions as to what is trash and what is fashion. This exercise is a good way to reuse, makeover and explore the fashion in you.
REJECT, REVAMP, REPEAT!
Upcycling fashion is helping the companies and designers to be more efficient and creative with designing, thereby, producing the garments portraying the perfect amalgamation of sustainability and innovativeness. They work with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, banana fabric, corn fabric. Another source of fabric is the leftover or quality, discarded textile from large manufacturers, which account for the “wastage” in export terms. They also source fabrics, which are left unused by other retailers post-cutting. Much like pieces of a puzzle, these bits and pieces come together, each with its own story. ‘’I love exploring and creating new designs out of the existing garments. It’s a great way to reuse, recycle and reconstruct affordable designer wear. Also, it’s important to start thinking about sustainability. ‘’ says Delhi based designer. So, ready to transform your ‘unwanted’ garment?
Give a new life to worn-out jeans and tattered T-shirts