Growth and expansion are keywords in post-crisis societies, but I am beginning to look for ways to reduce. Easily said, I have enough, so this only applies to me, not to people in real need. And since I am quite attached to my stuff, it is easier said than done. As soon as things enter the house, they already have a history (entering the house, coming from somewhere, having been made by somebody), and thus they become personal, telling a story. And that makes it hard to just kick them out. Therefore, the only options are to either give them away (or perhaps, but more rarely, sell them), or wear them out or use them up.
My ideological clothing project is part of all this. As I wrote earlier, three sets of clothing is probably enough, and I am working on it, partly wearing things out, partly giving some to the second hand store (where much of it comes from to begin with). At the same time, I am knitting the first of the three garments that I will end up with.
Work in progress, and an experiment.
Two gray linen yarns combined will eventually make a dress. Much work is still needed.
The idea stems from Jorden er vores mor (The Earth is our Mother), a book by the Danish psychologist Peter Elsass. In this book he, among many other interesting subjects, tells about his encounters with the Arhuaco people, on the Colombian side of the border between Venezuela and Colombia. They are dressed in simple woolen ponchos, home woven, which means that it takes a long time to make a garment. They typically own three ponchos, the newest one is for dressing up, while the others are for everyday use. As they are worn, day in and day out, for work, to sleep in, washed in the stream, they turn from the original white to a nondescript brownish color.
It appeals to me to have only what you need, so I thought what do I really need, by way of clothing? Two dresses and something to wear under and over, and I want to make those dresses myself. Since I am a knitter and not so much a weaver, knitting would be the thing. I am still working on the first dress, I started in October 2013, so luckily I have not yet emptied my closet.