In 2014 a project was born to encourage slow fashion by turning flax seed into a textile using only hand labour techniques.
Lead by Zoë Mill Burt from Seeds of Fashion in Herne Hill and Kate Poland, of Cordwainers Community Garden they gathered a mixed group of skilled professionals including gardeners, fashion designers along with neighbours and school children to help with the project.
“We were inspired by the idea of the threads that bind us together in the city,” Poland writes on her blog. “We wanted to show, through a piece of material, that individually we can come together to make something that we can’t do on our own.”
The Flax seed is grown, harvested and dried before going through the process of turning the plant fiber then into a yarn by fashion design students who were challenged to create a wearable garment.