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Anjali Jhangiani | Friday, 19 May 2017 AT 09:29 PM IST
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Fashion designers talk about how they minimise wastage by using scrap fabric in some way.

The fashion and textile industry is one of the largest polluters — non-biodegradable and man-made fabrics that do not decompose easily are filling up large areas of landfills, and these growing landfills are a major concern to the world.

Looking at this situation, people involved in the fashion/ garment/ manufacturing industries need to take steps towards minimising wastage, says designer Jaya Bhatt of Indigene who believes that you should waste not what you want not, but instead find a way to use it.

Bhatt works along with designer Ruchi Tripathi, who shares that it was the need to minimise wastage that led them to using waste and extra fabric into their collection. “We are using up our production wastage in several ways,” says Tripathi, explaining, “We make patchwork fabrics out of these wastes, and then use them as a base fabric for garments. The process of sorting or re-cutting and stitching up the fabric is time-consuming and requires a lot of skill. We also use the waste fabrics as our packaging material or use it to make fabric bags for our customers.”

Bhatt adds that scrap cloth is also used by them to make trims and tassels, buttons and scrap embroidery concepts for the outfits designed by them. “We also make donations of fabrics and garments to NGOs and organisations who work with waste fabric and garments and use them to create utilitarian products for rural areas in the country,” shares Bhatt.

Purvi Doshi, Ahmedabad-based designer, believes that nowadays it’s very necessary to minimise the wastage to reduce the amount of pollution. She says, “We must make sure that we do not waste for the sake of our future generations, as otherwise, there will be lot of things which they would not even know or would not be able to see.”

Doshi has been using waste cloth in various ways. She uses them in embroidery, to make small buttons, or makes small wall hangings. “As the production increased and we started having more waste materials, a thought of making bags came to us and that’s what we do.  Every customer gets a Purvi Doshi garment in the bag made out of waste materials. Sometimes we patch small fabrics of all colours and make stoles or dupattas and so on,” says Doshi.

How can you use waste fabric?

Designers share tips on what all you can do with pieces of waste cloth instead of just throwing them away.

- Create your own wall hanging in patchwork, it’s a great way to indulge in craft and let your creativity flow.
- Use it to mend your old garments instead of throwing them away and buying new ones.
- You can use scrap cloth to make cushion covers.
- You can join them and make nice rugs or carpets and many more things.
- Donate waste cloth to NGOs that make bags and other crafts.

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