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Jakarta Post

Local industry takes small step in big circular fashion agenda

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  02:12 pm
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Students at state-owned Madrasah (Islamic school) Tsanawiyah 2 Bandung take pictures before participating in a fashion show showcasing clothes made of recycled materials during an event to commemorate National Waste Awareness Day in Bandung. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have begun to promote a sustainable fashion through upcycling and the use of natural dye, targeting premium markets. Established in 2015, a fabric producer in Jakarta called Threadapeutic has been upcycling spare cloth into fashion and interior items through fabric manipulation techniques. Threadapeutic’s designer, Nagawati Surya, also known as Hana, said she wanted to build awareness among her workers and customers about fashion sustainability. "It is therapeutic for me to know that we are able to turn something undesirable into something that is aesthetically pleasing and highly valued," she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. She said her warehouse used up to 30 kilograms of surplus cloth from factories, fashion houses and interior studios every month. She explained that the warehouse employed fabric manipulation to crea...