The Compostable Wardrobe and The Remade Wardrobe: A Peek Into My Closet, and Why I Have What I Have
The goal of the Compostable Wardrobe is to create a set of clothing for each season that I love and feel good in. Each garment must be created from natural fibers, fasteners and dyes.
Natural fibers include: wool, alpaca, silk, cotton and hemp. I will probably not include bamboo because of the extensive process needed, typical by a petroleum fueled machine, to turn the bamboo from its natural state, as a grass, into a fiber. It is probably easier and more Eco-friendly to turn bamboo into the floor of my house than into fiber to wear.
The fasteners needed to create the wardrobe must be from natural fibers and materials as well. I have found 100% cotton thread and flaxseed/linen thread for sewing the pieces together. The tricky part has been finding an alternative to zippers. I have experimented with making my own wooden buttons but due to the labor involved in this process, I will be finding a local woodworking artist with more efficient tools to create these little gems. I can now appreciate the price of their talent.
Ideally, the natural dyes will be created based on the local flora of the area of the world I am living. I have already ran into a hiccup when trying to dye cotton, which I’ll explain in a later essay. The reason I will only uses these fibers, fasteners and dyes, is because I want to be able to take the garment, when its life is over, and let it biodegrade into the earth. It will be as though the garment never was. If the fiber was made from partially synthetic materials, such as acrylics, rayon and polyester, then the piece would never fully biodegrade.
At first, these seem like insanely, crazy guidelines but in reality I have found more options and combinations than I have time to explore. You could really do so much within this scope!
It keeps what I have, going.
It keeps my trash bound clothes from turning to rags.
It keeps my rags from entering a landfill.
…at least for a little bit longer.
But of course it keeps me from having to buy something new.
It keeps me from wasting valuable time shopping when I could be fulfilling the need to create.
It keeps me from wearing the same clothes everyone else has.
…at least not in the same way.
My winter long john shirt was worn for sledding down hills, shoveling snow, and drinking hot cocoa. The sleeves were stained, worn and just about shot. But it received a facelift with a bit of lace and darts.
It still continues to be my favorite, just this time, in a different season.
Slowly, I am recreating my waredrobe from oil base materials into pieces made of natural fibers. When I need to create and am bored with what is in my closet, I reconfiguring until the fiber’s life is truly over.