This doctoral project seeks to understand potential advantages and disadvantages of small scale and localized textile production and use as a alternative to large scale globalized textiles/fashion systems.

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The environmental, economic, social, and cultural problems that are associated with large scale mass market fast fashion are well known and well documented. There are currently a multitude of actions and initiatives toward mitigating or solving these problems, including developing slow fashion concepts that are based on small scale and locally-oriented practices that  parallel what is taking place in the slow food, slow building, and other slow movements. Using case studies and action-research, this ethnographic study seeks to build a methodological framework for holistically evaluating small scale/localized textile/fashion practice.


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