Will the pandemic influence schools’ return to practical skills traditionally gained through home economics?
Some designers, makers and consumers are imploring us not to stop sewing after the pandemic because of the potential for utilitarian, psychological and environmental benefits.
People shop for used clothing at the busy Gikomba market in Nairobi, Kenya.
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There are significant economic and social pull factors behind the popularity of used clothing.
Ema Shin’s Soft Alchemy (Fertile Heart) 2019,
cotton, wool, wire.
Photo: Oleksandr Pogorilyi
Eight artists use textiles to investigate history, self and place in a new exhibition that draws on rich histories, but could use more contextual information in its presentation.
Enzymatic textile dyes.
Science is helping turn textiles into a cleaner greener industry.
Making more sustainable fashion choices doesn't require a massive lifestyle change.
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950.
Courtesy Knoll Archive
Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
The designs, materials, cuts and graphics of jerseys are meant to stand out.
AP Photo/Frank Augstein
World Cup jerseys have to please players, national officials, FIFA rulemakers and – perhaps most importantly – fans who buy them to show support for their teams.
Basket weaving is an important cultural and economic activity in many parts of the world, including Australia.
IM Swedish Development Partner/Flickr
Basket weaving and knitting are used pejoratively to make a point but not 'manly' pursuits such as metalcrafts or woodwork.
A furnace at Dalian Special Steel Co. Ltd. in China’s Liaoning province.
This speed read explores why it’s hard to stop manufacturers in specific countries from dodging trade barriers by pretending that their goods come from somewhere else.
That pre-sleep herbal tea may be doing many people a lot of good.
There are nanometals in your washing machine.
Many socks, towels and other textiles are treated with silver nanoparticles to kill germs and odors. When the silver washes out, it can pollute waterways. Two chemists propose a way to collect it from wastewater.
Is this machine adding an antenna to the fabric?
Hindrik Johannes de Groot/Shutterstock.com
Is an archaic sewing skill a key to connected, sensing, communicating fabrics of the future?
Sustainable swimwear shopping means that you don’t have to worry about the sea soaking in plastic from your bathers while you soak in the sun!
Summer may have come to an official end, but the plastics from your bathers might still be at the beach!
Waste crime has the potential for easy, high profits and as such is set to join ranks with drugs and human trafficking.
Australian brand Discount Universe at 2016 Fashion Week.
AAP Image/Tracey Nearm
When Malcolm Turnbull released his innovation agenda, the arts were missing. But Australia's fashion industry is a true innovator, comparable to French and Italian fashion houses. It's time to recognise this at home.
Machines by Rahul Jain reveals how some industries turn bodies into commodities.
In work poverty is a sign the icy tide of capitalism is now lapping at our ankles in the global north.
Dita in 3D.
While other industries stride ahead with 3D printing, clothing still has a few hurdles to overcome.
A hydro-responsive thread can be used with sensors to monitor body functions.
Alonso Nichols, Tufts University
Flexible, easy to make, inexpensive, stretchable and simple to coat with nanomaterials, threads are also very commonly used by doctors already.
Welcome to the world of cloths and materials that change depending on your mood.