THE MISTAKEN FABRICS

The concept of this project is derived from IGC’s own philosophical beliefs and values. In their  work, the people from IGC take a stand against what they call ‘fast fashion’; the rapid and  unsustainable production and consumption of clothes- a trend that increasingly seems to shape  modern fashion industries all over the world.  

As Ibrahim, designer at IGC Fashion explained, cheap clothing bought at stores such as H&M or  Zara are worn only a few times before they get thrown away and end up being dumped in places  such as Uganda. Here, these clothes get sorted and sold to the public. However, a large selection  of these clothes end up on huge landfills, bringing toxic pollution to the air and furthering the cause  of Earth’s decay. It is just another example how unsustainable consumption patterns in the West  end up bringing most damage to the Global South.  

In their observation of such trends, IGC fashion intervenes at the stage of recycling. Instead of  throwing away the fabrics that were deemed unfit for secondary sales; they rework these “mistaken  fabrics” into their designs and such, do they not only create unique shapes and pieces of clothing  but also limit the amount of fabric ending up on dumpsites.

                            CREDITS

Clothes: IGC Fashion        

Desiners:KatendeGodfrey,                                                             Kasoma Ibrahim

Photographer: An Smid 

Models: Ronnie Senkayi,

               Kasoma Ibrahim,

               Faith Momo,

               Matovu Given

Location: Kigezi landfill

BEHIND SCEENES

Martin,

Sonco Brian,

Fox Adventure,

Kampala City Council Authority

                                             

The clothes designed by IGC fashion all share similar features that make them stand out from  ordinary fashion trends. Besides the fabrics redeemed from waste, pieces of local fabrics like  kitenge and bark cloth get worked into the designs. The shapes of the clothes are derived from  Ugandan culture; symbols of arrows, shields, ancient architecture and traditional homestead items  like “ndeku (gourd)” are reworked into the designs. Another feature that these designs share is  something that could be described as rough tailoring. The end products do not conceal the  production process; it is clear that the clothes are made out of different pieces of fabric composed  together; like a collage.  

Finally, the IGC designs all hold somewhat of a futuristic energy, or a self-described post apocalyptic vibe. The jumpsuits and jackets seem to come from another world- or era- one which  perhaps is cold, toxic and, where clothes need to provide full protection against a polluted earth.

DESIGNS