Japanese technology is widely known for its modern approach to technology. Much like their innovation in AI or robotics, a number of Japanese designers are using game-changing methods, both traditional and tech-based, to ace their efforts at sustainable fashion.
Studio Membrane, an eco-friendly fashion label founded by Hiroaki Tanaka, works with wool-derived protein resins for avant-garde womenswear collections. Tanaka also braids garments together instead of sewing them, inspired by the Japanese technique kumiko which involves joining wood without nails. The unique technique and use of wool make for a fully biodegradable ensemble.
Japanese eco-conscious brand, Shohei, uses textiles dyed using traditional kakishibu methods that are produced using persimmon fruits. As a part of the kakishibu dyeing process, the fabric also turns water-resistant and antibacterial. The brand also uses sustainable fabrics like tencel, organic cotton, and wool, and uses fabrics dyed by means of the shibori technique, one that is also popular with Indian fashion brands. The hand-dyeing technique uses natural indigo dyes that are eco-friendlier than its synthetic counterparts.
A substantial part of fashion’s sustainability problem lies in waste management processes. To this effect, Japanese manufacturer Shima Seiki’s computerised WholeGarment knitting machines eliminate the cut and sew process entirely. Using this technology, garments are knitted as a whole instead of being sewn together after being knit. Ever since, Italian fashion label Max Mara and American clothing brand Paul Stuart have also adopted the WholeGarment technology for a more conscious approach to waste management.
Japanese manufacturer Shima Seiki has set the standard with its computerised WholeGarment knitting machines. Unlike the traditional way of producing knitwear, where individual pieces are knitted then sewn together, WholeGarment items are seamlessly knitted in their entirety in a singular piece.
Another Japanese label, Nisai, upcycles used clothes to create their eclectic, unique garments. The concept of upcycled fashion is also popular in the form of Boro textiles that are created out of worn out, used clothes or carpets and patched together to create upcycled fabrics.
With the increase in the need for sustainability in fashion, come many creative innovations to combat them. Be it in the form of traditional crafts or new technology, the goal remains clear: a conscious wardrobe for all.
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