If the sight of racks and racks of cheap, sparkly dresses failed to put you in the party mood this festive season, you’re not alone. UK shoppers spent about £3.5bn on clothing for the 2018 party season, some on garments costing less than a G&T.
Fashion is now the second biggest polluter in the world. Our fast fashion mentality is having a devastating impact on the environment, with 350,000 tonnes of clothing a year added to landfill in the UK alone.
It’s not difficult to understand why mankind has a centuries-long history of using silk. A natural fabric which makes beautiful, luxurious yet durable outerwear and practical, tactile, insulating yet breathable underwear, its production also lends itself to small-scale, cottage-style industry.