What is handmade slow fashion?
I went looking for this photo of me as a girl on Halloween when I heard about the new Wonder Woman movie. My costume was made by my Grandma Bea. She had a magical sewing room with tins full of notions and ribbons. Stacks of fabric bolts lined the shelves. And if you were barefoot, you were liable to get a pin stuck in your foot.
She spent hours and days at a time whipping up dresses for all the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the random rent-a-kids that flocked around her from the neighborhood. She never charged a penny for her magic.
My grandmother traveled a lot. And every time she came back she would bring a bolt of fabric from some faraway place. Handwoven Mayan textiles with so many bright colors. Huipils with intricately embroidered depictions of flora and fauna. Silks from Japan with detailed flowers. Bright prints from Hawaii the make you smile. I learned much from her through what she brought back.
And when I wore something she made me, something in me changed. I was special. I was special and unique. No one had the same outfit. It was made for me, and me alone. She made it just for me. And she taught me how to sew, a skill that is so lost on our recent generations. So when people buy fast, disposable fashion they have no set point on what it means when someone has made that garment. That is the heart of handmade slow fashion.
And when I look back over old photos, I can see the difference in my stature, how I hold myself because of what I was wearing, Whom I was wearing. Slow fashion brings back the relationship between the person wearing and the person that made those clothes. It’s special and it’s priceless.
This is why I love wearing Pashm & Co. Everything I’ve ever bought as a former customer makes me feel special again. When I created our tagline, “Feel Beautiful, Inside and Out™” it was because of how I feel when I wear a handmade cashmere wrap or when I’m cuddled up with my eco cashmere blanket. I feel beautiful and loved.