Ya-chu Kang
Sustainability Lost
2015
Wool, alpaca wool, cotton, silk, fabric, clothes labels, various threads
173(h)x260(w)x1(d) cm
The work aims to bring awareness to the issues of mass production within large corporate textile practices. It explores the current condition of the fashion industry and reveals some of the serious social and environmental problems beneath it. Have you ever thought of the true cost when purchasing an inexpensive trendy piece of clothing? There are several ethical issues with equality and value of fashion products such as labor exploitation, heavy metal contamination of water and chemical use. Sustainability Lost speaks to the decay of traditional techniques within the textile industry and damaging of the environment through vastly different and unsustainable processes. Felt making is an ancient textile technique using natural wool fiber to create daily functional objects. This tradition is slowly disappearing and our sense of nature and the environment around us is being forgotten. The work itself is showing a darker side of the textile field within the global environment. These types of issues are not only happening in the textile territory but can also be seen in agriculture, food distribution and technology based large companies. If we don’t take this seriously, we might loose all our natural resources and health conditions and quality of life in the future will continue to decline.

The work is part of 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
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