Waste

Upcycling cloth waste into high fashion through traditional Indian handloom

Large textile hubs in the country can produce up to 45,000 meters of fabric waste daily

 
Published: Tuesday 27 July 2021

In the era of fast fashion, things are made quickly and for a fraction of the cost but end up being expensive for the environment. Today, the textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and in India, it is the third-largest source of waste after plastic, paper and compost.

Large textile hubs in the country can produce up to 45,000 meters of fabric waste on a daily basis. But, in the middle of this chaos, a Delhi-based design house is playing a small and significant role in fighting this sea of textile waste.

Ashita Singhal, a Delhi-based designer, didn’t want to be part of this existing problem. Instead, she offered a much more refined solution, and that too, by using the traditional handloom method of India.

Ashita’s Paiwand studio has nine in-house looms and has partnered with over 35 designers, in an attempt to form collaborations that do well with waste. She has managed more than 3,000 kilogram of textile waste from going into the landfill.

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