Weave (k)not waste
2018
Woven garment fabric development

It is impossible to ignore the problem of waste within the fashion industry. I set out to create a minimal waste garment production technique. Tackling the issue at production level by changing the way fabrics are developed.

Industry looms currently do not allow for this type of weaving so these hand woven fabrics are a suggestion of what could be woven in the future by the industry.

By weaving pattern shapes directly, I eliminate cutting waste, and by knotting each piece together I eliminate sewing waste. The knots represent the time and handcraft that is missing in most of our industrially made garments today, while also drawing attention to a need for change in mentality. Seams are usually made to be invisible, while this technique brings them to the forefront. This creates a shift from minimising any sign of production to celebrating the way our clothes are made and visualising the production method. This in turn I believe will create a more conscious consumer.
I have handwoven a classic shirt using a striped warp with bright colours, emphasising the knotted fringes zigzagging their way around the seams. Hanging alongside the original uncut fabric showing the pattern piece placement across three metres.