"Developing Enhanced Sustainability Approaches In Local Garment Industries"

This research-creation study explores how traditional Japanese textiles and frameworks can contribute to the production of a garment that exposes sustainable design and consumption practices. The thesis is a response to the unsustainability of a fast-paced industry driven by low-cost production, disposability, and overconsumption at the expense of the environment. Securing a sustainable future requires rethinking the entire garment lifecycle from sourcing to production and consumption. 

Japanese sustainable design practices were applied to produce the hanten in collaboration with Quebec fashion industry professionals. The experimental research-creation process became a performative cycle of care that involved sourcing local food waste (onion peels) and biodegradable materials (including milkweed), stitching, natural dyeing, quilting, and garment construction. As a result, an insulated jacket was produced using local natural textiles and dyes following Japanese garment and textile techniques. This research-creation piece exemplifies a sustainable garment that embodies principles drawn from the Japanese and sustainable design frameworks.

Themes: Community, Education, Waste

Larissa Zemke

Graduate Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts