One thing all clothing has in common, whether straight size, plus size, tall or petite? It needs to be made from something. While we can sometimes get away with the paper or plastic dress (in very rare circumstances) most of the time we require a weave.
So what in the hockey sticks does this have to do with a plus size fashion blog? Well, everything really. Can you imagine a life looking for plus-sized fig leaves?
Here’s my rationale for the following blog post series: just like it’s super important to know our history, it’s also super important to know where what we use comes from. The better we understand how something is made, where it comes from, and who its production affects, the better we can take our own power in what we get back from the marketplace. And while things are improving, right now there’s still way to much stuff that slides in the treatment of the plus-size consumer. While it’s not necessary to stash back money for $300 jeans every year, it is important to understand what happens to who when you buy those jeans – and often enough, there is no ethical difference between the $15.99 pair from Wal-Mart or the $300 pair from a major department store.
So when we talk textiles, we’re talking about fashion down to its sometimes literal roots. The more we know about our clothes, the more we can know about what we’re asking clothing retailers for when we shop.
- Calico Museum of Textiles (cybertravelinc.WordPress.com)
- Market Research Report on Nanotechnology for the Textile Market (azonano.com)
- Clothing the Body Electric: Cotton T-Shirt Fabric Can Store Electricity, Maybe Keep Your Cell Phone Charged (thesciencebulletin.WordPress.com)
- Milk-Made Clothing – The ‘Qmilch’ Textile by Anke Domaske is Made from Milk (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)