” As … major international retailers grapple with the moral and technical challenges of producing fast fashion in Bangladesh, a movement to change the way people think about what they wear seems to be inching mainstream. Call it Slow Clothing.” (Toronto Star, July 12, 2013).
I have been making mittens from recycled sweaters and woollen scarves for some time and it is a slow process, but one I enjoy. Each pair of mittens is unique. I love combining the colours and patterns — and the quality of the wool you can find in thrift stores, often from Scottish or Italian mills, is much superior to what is available as fast fashion. Much. Combining these pieces to make something beautiful the second time around is, for me, a kind of homage to great design and workmanship. Sporting such apparel makes a fashion statement for sure, but it also makes an ethical one. And it is time.