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Stitch by Stitch: Passion for Circular Fashion

Updated: Mar 22

This is an article written by Kelly Khoo, our Store Manager a.k.a the mother hen and superhuman who is always multitasking in the Swap Shop. On her off days, Kelly is always thinking of creative ways to up-cycle fabric and work her magic with arts and craft!

Imagine if our clothes have a voice. How will they feel when majority of humans only used twenty percent of their wardrobe?

What about the neglected eighty percent?

Will they cry out with joy when we give them new homes or donate to charities? Or will they mourn with bitter tears when we choose to throw them away? Allowing them to be lying in Semakau landfill, helplessly waiting for their doomsday.

I think they might finally feel relived when circular fashion becomes the new norm.

Join me in this movement to save at least a small percentage of our wardrobe by prolonging the lifespan of our daily wear.

Working at Swapaholic has opened my eyes to a really serious issue in the fashion industry and I'm proud to be an advocate in sustainability while encouraging more people to be circular through clothes swaps.

During the Circuit Breaker, the team was given the challenge to upgrade ourselves while working from home. Having a passion for crafts, I was searching for new ideas to start a conversation on this really serious problem.

Putting my skills to use and with a little mental push, I challenged myself to up-cycle my old clothes into something trendy through inexpensive means.

I've chanced upon this amazing course, “Designing Handicraft Garments from Scratch” which is available on Domestika. The course was taught by a Mexican textile artist, Gabriela Martínez. She is the creator of the brand, Ofelia & Antelmo - a textile art project focused on hand embroidery to create unique pieces of textures and colours.