I have been questioning my basic needs a lot recently, not having one place to be settled in has really rattled my cage, it became hard work and very mind altering.
But what are those needs and how do we quantify those in todays society, and how do we really survive in this unsteady climate of poverty and shame?
As that's the way I see this system a shameful one, one where you are made to feel wrong if you cannot have the NEXT amazing thing that makes you cool or on trend, until you can fully accept yourself with out judgement then your stuck in this ever increasing cycle of your never good enough, when in fact your SO enough just as you are! No matter what way you come to the story your ready to continue on a more positive angle. Flip the Script on yourself right here and now. Disrupt your own cognitive patterns to break the behavior trends instilled in us from birth, culture and societal induced cognition.
Stop engaging with it for a while and see how it makes you feel? see if that changes your perspective on the worlds outlook!
But lets step aside from 'Fashion' for a minute and look to our basic needs.
Clothing is under 2 of these for me shelter and warmth so it forms a part of our basic needs. It is now a requirement of daily living to be covered in your interpretation of decency, affordability and style, whatever that may be from day to day as you figure out who you are as a human. Please give yourself time to figure out who you are as a human, we have a fundamental right to be ourselves fully without judgement!!
Do you agree?
It also becomes part of our agriculture and living in full respect or upmost Gong jin with earth, Papatuanuku holds us daily upon its surface, textiles which then form clothing are part of this system, we forget these are supposed to be degradable, what comes from the earth must return to the earth.
Cradle to cradle clothing is a must for a regenerative solution in the fashion system, but of course it is never as simple as that, as brands attempt to hold some decorum through this transition it is hard not to be slapped in the face with blatant green washing, this is not just relevant to the fashion system but every one who creates products that take from this earth, or destroy this earth in any form is responsible.
How is doing better, better than doing it right 100% of the way, is it because there is no perception of how as there has been a loss of grounding with earth? has the connection been severed to create such destruction amongst humanity, or is it still salvageable? Of course I do not have an answer I have supposition and wonder at potential and circumstance. Does it come down to choice?
What choices can you make that will become part of your outcome, what biases can disrupt your perception, will reality shift?
As it has for me in doing so, I hope so.
Arohamai te whanau.
Fiona Clements. Pakeha, Kai Tahu, Craftivist, Sustainable Fashion and Zerowaste Textile Practitioner. Conscious Consumer advocate.