Written by Mariana
Shaming people for repeatedly wearing the same thing is the work of colonization and the fashion classist mentality. ‘Minimalism’, the owning of a few garments and sustainability in fashion is far from new too. Prior to colonization and industrialization, a sustainable way of life was and continues to be the way of my native ancestors—owning the same clothes for a long time, repurposing, and making in few and quality garments using the earth while creating a circular resource system, which now we are trying to call ‘circular fashion’.
We’re going back to ways of dress colonization rebuked and people died for. We’re repackaging a way life and calling it ‘sustainability’ but continue to leave out of the narrative of the same communities that have been fighting to keep this way of life for hundreds of years. If we are to fix what fashion is built on; white supremacy, classism, orientalism, capitalism, colonization and where I strongly feel these excess of shopping, trends, rapid disposing of clothing and abuse of human and the environment habits stem from, I think it’s time to pay attention and credit the people who have led this way of life.