The way clothes are worn constantly changes, in response to economics, culture and the environment. In cold and hot weather nations, the drive to save energy at home and reduce carbon emissions by turning heating thermostats down and cooling units up brings a new (old) focus onto clothes to shelter, protect and nurture.
“I love this blanket. I think it’s probably one of the nicest things I own. I wear it, or I used to wear it in the house. But my house is too hot. The friends that I live with can’t cope with the house being slightly cool, they don’t put on an extra jumper.
I never wore wool before I came to this country, I had no appreciation for it and the fact that I actually really physically do want to turn the dial down because of wool, I want the heat to be less in the house because I want to be able use this wonderful blanket. That’s really good, coming from an American used to really warm homes.”
London - December 2012
Photograph by Tim Mitchell