When customized for one’s perfectly unique body, clothing items enhance and celebrate his or her personality. Beautiful clothes are, after all, ones which make us feel good. These are made of yarns right when one has the need, and with quantity-precision. Any excess would end up polluting the environment, but beautiful clothing makers avoid that.
When Beautiful Clothing is Worn, the Commodity Itself Becomes a Connection
The philosophy on how to make such clothing has been a unifying and timeless one across centuries.
As per the studies, humans first wore clothes around 170,000 years before. After skin and then leather, the first kinds of woven textiles in history were natural, and thus, circular. Cotton, silk, linen, and flax were made locally in India, Japan, China, and Egypt. The clothing making skills emerged from textiles making. The way clothing was made in the past is intriguing to look at and is varied across centuries.
In the early 19th century, before the invention of the sewing machine, rural homes literally owned the entire process of making textile and clothing items. Linen and wool were most commonly used. Yarn dyes were created from berries, barks, and roots. Well-fed sheep were sheared by men. Then women in the household spun yarn, made colored dyes, weaved, and sewed. Kids took care of knitting for caps and stockings. There was zero wastage of materials because they made all items to cover the requirements across varying climate conditions and in precise quantities for the entire family. The whole family worked as a supply chain, to make cloth locally in their residences.
Until the 1300’s, clothing was a just way to cover the body. Then came the tailor, particularly in cities, with the skill to cut and to piece together a clothing item in various ways to improve the body contours with customized clothing. It was tailors who carried forward the zero-excess custom of made-to-order clothing, but besides that, they were able to sell the sheer freedom of expression by way of “fashion”.
Whether prehistoric period or 2019, clothing items with a purpose has always been made locally, without waste, with natural lifecycles, made to order, and through a linked supply chain. While the “why” part of making such clothing will remain the same as it was in the past, the “how” part has been changed. Now, clothing making involves the use of robotics, automation and technology, and it continues to grow.