IKAT/eCUT is a Goethe-Institut project exploring the past, present and future of textiles in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand (and Germany). In different sub-projects it is looking at the cultural potency of textiles in many different fields – from the arts to design, from tradition to technology.
The Slow Fashion Lab, attached to the exhibition Fast Fashion, focuses on a more positive approach to the topic of fashion and sustainability, inspiring visitors to take concrete action towards a more sustainable way of dealing with clothes and textiles. It presents examples of sustainable fashion, traditional and local practices from Indonesia that are attentive of the people and environment involved. Visitors to the Slow Fashion Lab are invited to feel, see and learn about sustainable alternatives to fast fashion and engage in DIY-culture.
Curated by Aprina Murwanti, IMAJI Studio showcases the tools and the process of making the fabric with natural plant base dyes. The use of natural dyes and fibre, research on future fashion, design strategies that support water and energy efficiency in the production cycle, an in-depth understanding of the culture that underlies traditional textiles, waste DIY upcycling initiatives as well as the implementation of slow fashion as a way of life by one of Haute Couture designers are the highlights of this exhibition.
"Designers, researchers, crafters and labels from Indonesia that are committed to the slow fashion philosophy in this laboratory provide alternatives and fuel hope to join a global slow fashion initiative." - Aprina Murwanti