Pre-torn Garments Shred Again for Indian Shoddy Market

The large, upright blade rips the garments at the start of the shoddy-making process.

The garment comes from Europe and on entry into the Indian market is ripped as secondhand garments must not be in a sellable state as they enter the country.

This image and documentation of this garment journey, cycle and process is part of Lucy Norris’s exemplary research that culminates in Recycling Indian Clothing (published by Indiana University Press, 2010).

Butterflies, Bees and Beetlewings on Historic Textiles and Dress

On June 25th 2010 at 11.30am,

Alison Carter, Senior Keeper of Art and Design, Hampshire County Council Museum Service, presents her talk

Butterflies, Bees and Beetlewings on Textiles and Dress.

Taking place during National Insect Week, at the beautiful

Whitchurch Silk Mill,

in Hampshire, UK,

this is an unusual look at how insects have contributed to fabrics in our recent past.