In smaller communities people can more easily see the effects of their own actions on each other and the environment. They can also better understand the ramifications of their choices; allowing them to take responsbility for them. Expressing community through our garment choices sews the seeds of a new type of self-reliance in fashion based on connection to people and place.
“I’m wearing my favourite Arran sweater. My family business started out about 50 years ago with a lot of ladies sitting and knitting Arran sweaters and then it’s gone from there to a small manufacturing plant in Westport where they still make all the traditional Arran sweaters which everyone from the locals love because it keeps them nice and warm to the Americans who buy them in their millions.”
Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty