Introducing inspiring, sustainable alternatives to Fast Fashion / Opening: July 15, 4 PM
The Slow Fashion Lab, curated by textile artist and lecturer Aprina Murwanti, inspires visitors to take concrete action towards a more sustainable way of dealing with clothes and textiles. It presents examples of sustainable fashion, traditional and local practices from Indonesia that are attentive of the people and environment involved. Visitors to the Slow Fashion Lab are invited to feel, see and learn about sustainable alternatives to fast fashion and engage in DIY-culture. The slow fashion movement is presently gaining significance as a counter-model to so-called fast fashion.
The term fast fashion stands for a specific production and distribution system for mass-produced fashion wear that - frequently copied from high-end designs ‒ is sold worldwide at low prices. The fashion industry is one of the most important in the global economy. Ninety per cent of the clothing for the American and European market is produced at low cost in low-wage countries. As a pioneer, the textile industry helps to create jobs worldwide and thus to improve the security and living conditions of people in developing countries. On the other hand, inhumane working conditions often prevail in the production plants: safety standards are often violated and the wages are generally below the subsistence level. Also the production of clothing goes hand in hand with tremendous consumption of resources and a burden on the environment that should not be underestimated.
With the international rise of the fast fashion industry, also Indonesia is facing severe damage to its ecological microsystem and water resources, caused by unprocessed waste colors, the use of toxic substances and high water exploration for textile productions. The Slow Fashion Lab introduces sustainable and fashionable alternatives from local labels, artisans and designers.
The Slow Fashion Lab was developed as part of the exhibition Fast Fashion - The Dark Side of Fashion the Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg curated by Dr. Claudia Banz and kindly supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and Karin Stilke Stiftung. It was first presented alongside the exhibition at Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, Jakarta from March 10 to April 9, 2017.
The exhibition is open everyday, 9 AM to 6 PM.