You see what happened was this. I became convinced that mass production was a sin and that we are all paying for it. And then I became anti-objects-in-general. But then I got really into small batch production and tiny barter economies. And then when I found small batch linen and linen bartering groups??? Yeehaw 🤠 !
#i know i know the planet is still going to hell #but i am going to be dressed like georgia o keefe in the meanwhile
like my brain is already parboiled from the heat and down to just one train of thought. quite unfortunately that train is carrying a single load of cargo and that load is just like. a single textural sensation.
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Gerda Taro Women training for Republican militia in Barcelona, August 1936
Taro, who was Jewish, fled Germany when the Nazi regime came to power in 1933. She met a young photographer named Endre Friedmann in Paris, and together, they began to release photographs under the joint pseudonym Robert Capa. Friedmann later retained the name for himself. The two covered left-leaning Republican factions during the Spanish Civil War together until Taro’s death in 1937, by which time Taro had established her standing as both a champion of anti-fascism and as one of the first women to photograph the front lines of war.
when i say affordable, it’s like $40-80 for a top, $80-100 for pants and $80-150 for dresses. but that’s still more affordable than high end fashion, is made to your own measurements, supports small textile makers over mass production, and real flax linen is just so nice and it seems worth it.
#they also retain resale value #as opposed to like forever 21 or target things that automatically depreciate to nothing the moment you wear them
all right. so what’s the deal with linen? you might have seen it popping up more often lately. the “wrinkled” look with layers of different colors, or even unbleached oatmeal shades, is very “in” right now. linen bedding is trendy, but it’s also timeless. i’m gonna sound like an advertisement for a second, but just because i’m obsessed with it right now. ok. look. linen keeps you cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s cold. it has a rough texture, but gets softer with every wash. i am sensory sensitive, and i love positive textural sensations; for me, the texture of linen is unbeatable.
flax linen is a fantastic fabric because it is comfortable, durable, naturally decomposes (won’t stick around potentially forever like polyester blends), and is overall sustainable from the beginning to the end of its life cycle.
when you first start looking into linen goods, you may find companies such as parachute, kassatex, citizenry, or coyuchi. (parachute is expensive ($90-200 per sheet), but it’s actually on the lower end of the big brands.) luckily, there are a lot of lithuanian etsy shops that specialize in selling handmade linen items. if you do your research, you can actually get higher quality at a lower price.
why lithuania? linen appears to be a local speciality there, much like amber in poland, talavera pottery in mexico, or saltwater pearls in japan. so there are a lot of people who can grow, process, and stitch together linen in lithuania.
why etsy? i guess because it’s really easy to find international shoppers who are looking for artisanal goods.
why buy lithuanian linen on etsy? because it’s (relatively) affordable, comes in many more colors and styles than the bigger brands, and most of them can be contacted with custom measurements. almost all of these are handmade with organic flax linen, with a very small supply chain / carbon footprint.
if you search facebook for each of these shop names, you can easily find BST (buy sell trade) groups where people swap linen. this is a great way to try out these linen pieces at a discounted price, and at a quicker turnaround time (ordering direct from the shops usually takes 4-8 weeks from the time you place the order to the time you get it). the FB groups are also very informative when it comes to fit and sharing real product photos.
OK so here’s how we got here. I noticed some very nice linen sheets. I liked the texture of them. I got a cheap linen duvet from IKEA and I really enjoy it. Then I started researching linens. And I got really into that. Then I ordered linen sheets. Like some really nice ones, with a gift card and a discount code. They are EN ROUTE to my house and I eagerly await those sheets. Then I found BST Facebook groups. And that didn’t have to do with linen… just a quest for all the different routes to sustainability. But then one of the groups I found was for linen clothes. And I was like hmm, cute clothes, but seems pricy. But then I found out that there’s these Lithuanian linen makers on Etsy who make clothes that are actually like, more expensive than Target, but more affordable than “sustainable brands,” and they make them custom to your measurements. Then I was like, hot dog. Then I discovered there’s a whole host of Lithuanian linen makers on Etsy who make linen clothes according to your measurements. Then I was like, cool, but is it sustainable? Then I found out that flax linen is not only comfortable, but also one of the most sustainable (the way it grows and decomposes) AND durable (because it lasts a while) fabrics you could ever get. Then I wondered if it would be nuts to gradually replace all the fabric in the house with flax linen from Lithuania.
#friends. #it might be nuts. #but it might also be... the project of a lifetime
you know how people sometimes say, sardonically, “oh i bet all the non binary people and/or people who dislike gender roles and/or communists want us all wearing linen or hemp sacks” and quite frankly that’s true for me. i do want that.
#this strawman is often levelled against feminists and 'gender critical' and GNC non binary trans people #it doesn't really make any sense #the amount of people it's directed to would make you think it's not a coherent point of view at all #and yet: it's me. i'm that strawman. #* sneaks up behind u and slips a linen sack over your head *
Abolition requires that we change one thing, which is everything. Contemporary prison abolitionists have made this argument for more than two decades. Abolition is not absence, it is presence. What the world will become already exists in fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities. So those who feel in their gut deep anxiety that abolition means knock it all down, scorch the earth and start something new, let that go. Abolition is building the future from the present, in all of the ways we can.
I had an agent once who wanted me to make many more movies. I said, ‘I can’t. I can only do one a year, if that. I have children, young children.’ And he said, 'Well, I guess you won’t be a superstar.’ And I said, 'Well, I guess not.’