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 dress is from when I spent three weeks in the Sinai with a Bedouin family and gave me this as a present. And this one I never wash, because you do not really sweat in it… the cut is so loose."
Kolding, Denmark - September 2012
Photograph by Jens Christian