For consumers tired of blink-and-you-’ll-miss-it trends, mass-produced garments and mindless consumerism, the slow movement in fashion is a much-welcomed respite.
If you’ve never heard of it, the expression ‘slow fashion’ was coined by design activist Kate Fletcher back in 2007, advocating for a slower pace in the fashion industry.
In essence, slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion. The movement features a keen awareness of the processes and resources required to make clothes. It advocates for buying less, with a focus on high-quality products and ethical treatment of people, animals and the environment.
Slow fashion also spotlights local artisans and their use of sustainable production techniques – hand-dyeing being one of them.
“Hand dyeing is one of the many expressions of slow fashion – making things by hand and using plant dyes or hand-dyeing techniques to create textiles that are unique, personal, and a reflection of the process,” says hand-dye practitioner Su Pei Ho.
Fellow practitioner Felix Nai adds that hand-dyeing is deeply tied with the slow movement concept because of the time and effort required.
“Being in Singapore − a young country with scarce resources − challenges us to use what is available,” he says. “Many hand dyers are emerging with great stories, many of which encompass using locally-sourced materials.”
Ahead, we spotlight three practitioners of this craft in Singapore who are bringing their own individual twist to the hand dyeing movement.
Designer Josh Tirados Channels Childhood Memories Into Capsule For Dover Street Market Singapore