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Fair Share Fabric

I have pledged to use no more than my fair global share of fibres and they have to be sustainably sourced. Whats a global share? 11.74 kg per person of which 3.8 kg is natural fibres. As I don’t like synthetics I try to stick to 3.8 kg of natural fibres. You can check my figures here.

Sewing
I can’t afford to buy eco clothing but I can afford to make it. I have been stiching like a demon and this year most of my new clothes have been handmade. Sadly my sewing skills are not so great. There are ome rather strange outfits in there…..

Sustainability

You can read my clothing manifesto here

Circumstances

The clothes you wear are dictated by your lifestyle so here’s what I needed to dress for this year:

Returned home from backpacking the tropics. The days of 2 teeshirts, a mu-mu of modersty and backpackers bloomers were sadly over. I desperately needed some new clothes. The next three weeks saw me busy sewing. The design brief was a little more complex this year. Not only did the clothes have to be sustainable & plastic free, they had to be rather more dressy than I am used to. Because at Easter we went to Seville for the Santa Semana and the Feria. Big processions, mourning and sombre sadness followed by a big flamenco party. I needed smart and fancy fancy duds. None of which I possessed. I managed to cobble together a sort of look. You can read more about it here. 

Then back to rather less flamboyant Huddersfield for what I thought was going to be a hot summer. For a couple of hot and steamy week I sewed sleeveless frocks and cool skirts. The weather turned so I had to quickly put together some long trousers and rather warmer cotton shirts. And buy some T shirts to wear under them.

Had hoped to be back on the road by winter but it was not to be so I had to nake some warmer tops and thick skirts that I can wear with wooly tights and leggings.

In the wardrobe are 

Socks, Vests & Tees
2 pairs of socks from Debenhams 45 each
1 pair of tights
1 bamboo skull & crossbones
1 wool socks homemade 73g

Black vest gifted 144g
White vest gifted
New spotty top
2 no 3/4 sleeve T 156g each
grey vest 105g

Trousers  
Denim Long Shorts 316g grey-trousers-silk-tunic-clothes
Linen Pants 414g

Skirts
Wrap Skirt 249g
stripy cotton skirt gifted 231g
The Bombazine Skirt 541g

And a frumpy corduroy skirt 300g

Tunics & Tops
Wrap Shirt Lawn Chiffon
Wrap shirt 108g
Offset Tunic 157g
Tabbard Frock 149g
Choirboy Shirt 132g
Silk Tunic 245g
Liberty Lawn Shirt 96g
Vogue lawn top 110g
Woolen Tunic 288g

Jackets & Other stuff
Boiled Wool Shrug 417g
Yorkshire Wool Waistcoat 178g
Ebay Woolen jacket

Synthetic Fibres
Huge circular skirt
New Swim Top

Terms
By gifted I mean something that people have passed on to me because they no longer want it. Second hand but not purchased.
When I say cotton/ natural fibres that doesn’t include buttons and other such stuff which will almost certainly be synthetic. As might be the thread used to sew the fabric.
Unless you are talking about my own homemade clothes where I can tell you exactly what plastic has been used.

Synthetic Fabrics

Bought  3 sarongs  from local markets and small shops in Indonesia. Traders said they were cotton. They are not. But at least it benefited the local traders.

The Indonesian textile industry is one of the oldest and most strategic industries of the country and contributes significantly to national growth. About 1.8 million people are directly employed in the textile industry, and about 3.7 million are indirectly employed in the textile sector.
Indonesia is a major player in the textile and clothing industry in Asia. According to the Ministry of Industry, the value of textile production was estimated at IDR 125,000 billion ($18.7 million) in 2005. The value of textile and textile products exports reached $8.6 billion in 2005, making Indonesia the eleventh-largest textile exporter in the world. Indonesia, an oil-producing country, houses one of the world’s largest synthetic fibre manufacturers.

The domestic production of cotton is of limited commercial importance and is declining. Thus, the Indonesian textile industry depends almost entirely on imported cotton for all its requirements for the domestic and the exportmarkets.

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