Crochet is in. We’re not talking about the old-school craft of stitching yarns that our grandmothers have been doing as a hobby.
Rather, crochet is going through a revival right now among fashionable youths, intersecting the worlds of decorative art and slow fashion. Just consider how creating a crochet cardigan can require up to 40 hours of work (artisanal, much?).
Clockwise from left: Crochet designs seen on the Fall/Winter 2021 runways of Celine, Prada, Miu Miu and Valentino.
The something-old something-new craft is quickly gaining appreciation and momentum among the TikTok community and featured in the knitwear of rising indie fashion labels loved by celebrities like Rui, Erika Maish, Lirika Matoshi, Memorial Day and Fiona O*Neill.
Crochet artists have also been in the spotlight of late. Just look at Ella Emhoff, a.k.a. stepdaughter of Kamala Harris. She’s been the de facto poster child of the crochet movement with a recent hippie-tinged collaboration with womenswear label Batsheva after graduating from Parsons.
In Singapore, a rising number of young women have picked up the yarn and needle post-lockdown – finding joy and cathartic release in this textile art and their pursuit of slow fashion.
Ahead, we get to know these avid crochet artists and find out about how they got started, what makes them hooked on the craft and why this homespun design is making a comeback.