Chapter 2: Processes
‘The longer the chain of our technologies, the more distant we are from nature and her capacities and our effect on them.’
Processing is an essential part of converting raw fibre to fabric to fashion garment, and a key contributor in sustainability impact. Many fashion designers find the technical complexity of textile processing bewildering and struggle to understand what goes into achieving the look or hand of a given fabric. Sustainability issues have added an extra layer of complexity to this situation. As designers, we simply specify the feel we want or respond to the latest developments that a mill offers and leave the technical decisions – and their implications for watercourses, air quality, soil toxicity ...