Launched in 2004, by fibre lover Polly Leonard, Selvedge Magazine celebrates our cerebral and sensual addiction to cloth while promoting skillfully made and carefully considered textiles.
In the words of Leonard, 'textiles are also at the forefront of the climate crisis; their production is tightly bound up with the inequalities that plague our society. I am embarrassed that this blight in our relationship with cloth has peaked in my lifetime. I was born in 1966, when an average person spent over 10% of their income on clothes and bought fewer than 25 garments a year. Fast forward half a century, and the average person now spends less than 3% of their income on clothes. Yet, we consume more clothing than ever before: nearly 20 billion garments a year, that is 70 per person - more than one a week. More than 40 million tons of textiles are disguarded each year, an amount that has doubled in the last 20 years. Our love of textiles and insatiable desire for ever-cheaper production has created the climate crisis, but I believe that textiles also hold the key to a sustainable future.'
At From Dust, we hope to share, educate and encourage you to think more about the clothing you buy, the fibres they are made from & the people whom made them.