The great abundance of things at our fingertips temps us to forget the value of caring for the things that we do have and the way we can make more of that which we already have in our possession.
Mending can come in many forms. I always admire the ways that jude mends. I’ve spent some time too, really looking at the examples of boro fabrics I have. Recently, I’ve been mending jeans that my son and I wear. Putting lots of different thoughts I have been having into action. And of course I have plenty of my own indigo dyed fabrics and threads which to utilize. And then there is the utility of it all. It seems I just can’t give that up. I want things to be useful. And beautiful. Maybe not universally beautiful, but at least in the eye of the beholder.
We all know that fashion, industry, and media push us towards wanting new and more. But what if we collectively began to desire less and old (used,worn,repaired) and saw the beauty in that? The folks of the Tohoku region in Japan created their boro textiles out of necessity but today we can appreciate and take meaning from this unintended artform and apply it to the new necessity that we have to conserve our modern resources using and reusing that which we already possess.
I also recently listened to an interview with the author of the book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. It seems that there are more and more people beginning to consider this. Her blog “The Good Closet” gives practical tips on how to reduce, reuse, and resist the urges to fill our closets with, well, crap.
What if it simplified our lives, mended our ways, and just used less. Would we be better or worse because of it? Jeans seem a good place to begin. We all wear them. They last. They are very mend-worthy. So with that in mind I offer this:
Now of course, you don’t need someone else to do your mending, but but if you would like me to do it for you I will. I’m just putting out the thought…the idea…and wondering.
More or less, less can become more.