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.
“This is my Mum’s old scarf that I grew up with. And these are really well known scarves in Norway. Everyone who was a Socialist or worked in teaching, education or something political, they used those scarves in the 70s... [they] signified people who were interested in creativity and social welfare. [They were] made by a female entrepreneur in Norway called Sigrun Berg... she saw that women had lost the grounding for making money for their house[hold]. So she started people to weave. She started selling cartloads and that’s the way a lot of people managed to keep their homes.”
Oslo - March 2011
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch