This woven sample collection is looking at past and present Swedish textile consumption habits. Inspired by the traditional Swedish rep weaving technique (ripsväv) TT6, the designer has created a weave structure that transforms textile waste into new durable fabric. Rep weaving was commonly used to utilise the very last scraps of household textile waste TT1.
The weaves are made out of durable TENCEL yarn and discarded clothes donated to the designer by her Swedish friends. Each pattern is inspired by its previous owner.
The background to the exhibit is a lifecycle analysis report on Swedish Textile consumption carried out by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute in 2013. This report states that the average Swedish citizen consumes 15kg of textiles per year, half of these will be disposed of within the first year of use. The majority of discarded textiles in Sweden are currently being incinerated, with only a small portion being reused through charities – of which most are based outside of Sweden’s borders. Sweden is currently not recycling any textile waste.
The designer proposes an investigation into how a linking system and service might be set in place between Swedish weavers and its consumers TT7/ TT9. According to Sweden’s Textile Craft’s (Textil Hemslöjd) homepage there are 10,000 active weavers located in 600 ‘Weave cabins’ (Vävstugor) around the country.Download PDF
The fabric swatches can in its current scale be used as repair patches, straps, belts and cases. They would on a bigger scale be suitable for interior textiles such as upholstery fabric, mats and cushion covers etc.
The samples are woven as double cloth on a 24 shaft Arm loom. The warp is made of durable TENCEL yarn, which has been hand dyed to match the weft. The weft is made out of ripped up second hand clothes and TENCEL yarn.
A talk with my ninety four year old grandfather last Christmas was the initial starting point of this project. The sparing way in which my grandparents consumed textiles has inspired this project. My second source of inspiration is a Swedish Textile Lifecycle Analysis Report carried out by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute in 2013.