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Understanding Homemade Clothes
A dynamic resurgence in sewing and knitting is under way, with many people enjoying making and mending their own garments at home. However, stories abound of homemade clothes languishing at the back of the wardrobe. Amy Twigger Holroyd draws on ideas of fashion, culture and craft to explore makers' lived experiences of creating and wearing homemade clothes in a society dominated by shop-bought garments. Using the innovative metaphor of fashion as common land, Folk Fashion investigates the complex relationship between making, well-being and sustainability. Twigger Holroyd combines her own experience as a designer and knitter with first-hand accounts from folk fashion makers to explore this fascinating, yet under-examined, area of contemporary fashion culture.Looking to the future, she also considers how sewers and knitters might maximise the radical potential of their activities.
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'This book is a fashion tour de force. It is clothing where we the people, our ideas and our fingers - nimble or otherwise - matter.' - Kate Fletcher, author Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion, 'This book is an inspiring reminder of the wealth that making brings into our lives. From evoking the spirits of the craftspeople that came before us to creating more meaningful relationships with both the materials and our community as we go, Twigger Holroyd deftly shares what a force folk fashion can be.' - Betsy Greer, author of Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism and Knitting for Good!, 'Folk Fashion takes an in-depth look at the implications of the handmade clothing movement. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how the act of making affects our world.' - Sarai Mitnick, founder of Colette Patterns and Seamwork Magazine