Laundering is high impact and yet not laundering is socially unacceptable. But some pieces defy social pressure and are never washed, often motivated by the fear that laundering causes something precious to be lost: a scent, a memory, the particular way a garment fits, the quality of handwork, and even a political stance.
"This jean jacket I’ve never washed because I wear a hoody underneath
it… Maybe it gets dirty on the outside, kind of worn… it doesn’t really
matter. But I will always wear an under layer so I don’t have to wash
San Francisco - April 2011
Photograph by Paige Green