By- Lifestyle Food
Sri Lanka, earlier known as a manufacturing hub is now taking a plunge into the world of slow fashion endorsing up-cycling and utilizing the backend.
Sustainability has become an important part of global fashion from the last decade reflecting the evolution of the consumer mindset as they’re becoming more and more aware of the sustainability aspects and the environment.
Sri Lanka: Asia’s hub for green fashion
Sri Lanka, known for its batik and sarees, is now carving a niche in the realm of slow fashion emerging as a leader of eco-ethical fashion in South Asia. Sri Lankan fashion industry is gravely serious about the environmental impacts of fast fashion and the new era fashion designers are plunging into the arena of Slow Fashion with a vow to make it trendy, chic and affordable coalescing the traditional techniques into their collections, like the use of handcrafted textiles, vibrant hues and lots of linen. However, the keyword ruling the Sri Lankan green fashion is “upcycling” and it’s “trending” too.
Second life with the fresh and unique look
The word up-cycling has originated its meaning from deviations of recycling, up-cycling into the fashion arena sums up as, a process where waste or useless products are converted into new fashion products of better quality or a higher environmental value through craftsmanship and design. While re-cycling utilizes a lot of energy and water to change the physical properties of the waste material while up-cycling is used in the raw materials without reprocessing them. Therefore a unique blend of dress or an accessory made out from old torn materials combined with a vintage fashion product bought from a thrift shop could be taken as an up-cycled fashion product.
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The idea that repurposes clothing
Overconsumption of clothes is driven by the high availability of fast fashion. Fast fashion is trend-led fashionable clothing that is relatively cheap. These cheaper clothes get worn out quickly and are easier to throw away. There is relatively little guilt felt about its disposability rather than disposing of expensive attires.
Up-cycling is one way to take care of the overconsumption in an environmentally responsible way and still satisfy the profitable fashion industry and fashion-forward consumers.
Waste isn’t waste until we waste it so don’t make fashion your own you, but you decide what you are, what you express by the way you dress, and the way you live.
”Traditional handicrafts when blended with contemporary fashion, makes upcycling more eco-ethical.”
Refashioning is an old practice
Even though up-cycling is not a very familiar term with the local setup, it was practiced from the past to the present as a day to day way of using discarded items. Details about up-cycling in ancient times can be found in the
early religious scriptures where the tattered cloth of a bhikkhu is made out of pieces of clothes sewing together which are used to wrap the dead bodies. This proved that Sri Lankans have known and practiced the process of up-cycling to some extent. Up-cycling has surfaced as a brilliant solution for reducing landfills and there can be many consumers who would gladly accept this concept as a lifestyle statement.
House of Lonali: Loving the remnants
In an era of trending fast fashion the zeal to have a conscious living does get difficult to maintain. Passion to bring a revolution does make you think and create a new style, and upcycling is one such fabulous thought that the House of Lonali is becoming synonymous with. The brand is versatile and does create designs that are contemporary and appealing to masses. House of Lonali is an endeavor to upcycle “the discarded” deadstock and end of the line fabrics into trendy and “brand new” women’s wear and accessories.
The brand was founded by Lonali Rodrigo, for her zest for upcycling, and has been working closely with the Sri Lankan cottage industries too. The Northumbria university fashion designing graduate is minimizing the carbon prints by upcycling the fashion industry remnants and making fashion affordable for more people.