ENGAGING PEOPLE IN PROVOCATIVE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE FASHION INDUSTRY.
Abundance NC presents a daylong festival event that includes:
East Coast Runway Fashion Show – featuring 6 local designers with up to 5-7 looks. Presenters, speakers, and thought-leaders in the sustainable fashion industry. DIY Workshops – featuring indigo dying, screen printing, and more. Sustainable Vendors – featuring NC Fiber, local & handmade apparel, up-cycled goods, and more. Organizations doing good work in your community and beyond. A History of NC Fiber. Earthskill Demos. Live Music and Art. Local Eats. Sustainable Spirits.
At THINK AGAIN: Fashion, Farming, & Fiber - we’ll re-think: The history of big cotton in NC – from the slave ship to the shores of China. The industrial agricultural system. The ills of “fast fashion.” Global industry and the economics of extraction. Conventional fibers and textiles. Social justice. The worldwide effects of garment disposal. Who and what is beautiful? Deep culture versus personal style.
We’ll also dive into current sustainable fiber endeavors – such as hemp. We will engage in rethinking fashion by considering the use of upcycled, recycled and local materials. We’ll also shine a light on vendors and designers doing good work on this front – across our world and right here at home!
Today, 246 million children age 5-14 work in garment factories across the world. Today, communities adjacent to industrial cotton fields are suffering from neurodegenerative diseases and cancers. Today, 85% of the clothing we discard in the US is sent to landfills and incinerators. Today, a dressmaker in Africa is unemployed because we’ve saturated her village with our thrift store castoffs. Today, fashion is right behind oil as one of the most polluting industries on earth and consumption is rising.