Waste is a design flow
Linking garment and cloth via zero waste design. Waste is an issue that starts from the design phase and “is considered to be a part of a closed loop of
Linking garment and cloth via zero waste design.
Waste is an issue that starts from the design phase and “is considered to be a part of a closed loop of material flow.
In contemporary methods of fashion making the amount of fabric
waste is approximately 15 percent of the total fabric used” (Timo Rissanen)
Garment production has several phases: from the initial designer’s sketch, a pattern is developed by a pattern maker and ultimately cut onto the fabric. During this last process, large textile waste occurs as the final aim is to reduce fabric cost.
Western cutting fabric process has been heavily criticized as wasteful.
Before the Industrial Revolution, when textile resources were considered precious, waste was kept at minimum.
Traditional dressmaking techniques, such as Japanese kimono and Indian saari, represent a great example for containing textile waste as clothes are specifically engineered to the cloth and not to the design.
A Zero Waste design movement has emerged in recent years to tackle the issue at the design level. Using the cloth as a ‘Jigsaw puzzle’, zero fabric waste is produced and instead new opportunities for innovative design approaches can be explored.
words and visual by Giulia Mummolo
(via Edge Fashion Intelligence)