It’s perhaps the most exciting time to be alive in the history of fashion.
The slow fashion movement has brought us more ethical fashion and new developments like vegan leather but this new Japanese movement takes us one step further into the future and the past, simultaneously.
The Ultimate In Sustainability
Of course, the most sustainable processes are those that reuse what we already have rather than creating something new and that’s the heart of this development.
The Japanese are using a process known as “mottainai” (literally “what a waste”) to reclaim old fabrics to produce “boro textiles”.
These fabrics have caught the eye of Japanese fashion labels which have drawn on these techniques to improve the sustainability of the textiles used in the industry and to change the way that they dye clothes too.
This means incorporation of kakishibu dyeing techniques to use persimmons to act as a fully natural dye which also creates water-resistance and antibacterial properties – and it’s 100% natural, no chemicals required!
Final Thoughts On Japanese Sustainable Fashion
One other interesting development in Japan is far more futuristic – the use of biodegradable protein resins to produce a completely compostable wool fabric!
There’s no doubt about it, the Japanese are setting a new bar for sustainable fashion.
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