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About decorative stitching, scar tissue, fabric patches and other beauty corrections
2. October 2021 @ 10:00 - 13:00
On Oct. 2, fashion designer Purvi Dhrangadhariya will show how damaged fabric can become an ornament. Those who don't want to flaunt moth holes, rips and burst seams uncommented on the catwalk of daily life are invited to try out the art of mending under Purvis expert guidance at a workshop on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Helene Nathan Library event room. Those who wish may bring their own lived-in garment; otherwise, plenty of materials will be available.
The 'word-cut-workshop' is part of 'The Congress on the Clothes Dump' which describes a series of events between September and November 2021 dedicated to an inclusive and participatory philosophizing about the meaning of clothes, their production, distribution and consumption. Invited guests and random attendees dig into textonic layers, search for solutions, question the ethics of the second skin. Clothing protects and adorns. It represents basic aesthetic and existential needs, but its mode of production destroys the environment on a large scale and endangers the physical and psychological well-being of the people who cope with the manufacturing processes in socially intolerable conditions. How could sustainable production and economy look like - this is what we want to explore with people from the global - as well as Berlin - North and South in a multi-perspective way.
The Vestithek's offer to borrow garments at the Helene-Nathan Library is accompanied by a framework program. Two lectures, a panel discussion and two hands-on workshops will serve as a starting point for an interdisciplinary exploration of the promises of clothing and fashion - the fabric in which we wrap our dreams and which, in excess, becomes a nightmare for people and the planet.