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What is upcycling?……

Well, it is the process of converting  used material into something of similar or greater value, in its second life. Emiliana is upcycling by turning old t-shirts, dresses, tops and fabric samples into new beautiful underwear.

Each piece is 100% unique, adapted to the clothing that it is being upcycled from and is made by hand, at home, with lots and lots of love.

For the underwear it means that;
– it’s components have not travelled a million miles just to be turned into a pair of knickers.
– it has not been made by someone overseas in uncomfortable, unfair, unreasonable factory conditions.
– it has not been sold by a corporate retailer who is forced to compromise on quality (of products and life) and who is forced to exponentially increase their profits, both for the sake of the current capitalist economic system.
– it has tried to be as friendly to the environment as possible, reusing extisting raw materials and sharing space and resources by being made at home

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2011 4:20 pm

    hi emiliana yes please do get in touch. i would love to stock your knickers. shop@bigbluesky.uk.com
    catherine

  2. Mina Katouzian permalink
    April 22, 2012 9:17 am

    I attend an upcycling group in Oxford and it really inspires me to make my own things. I am a beginner at sewing but with all the expert advice around I am encouraged and inspired to make beautiful things for bits and pieces of materials I come across. Recently I made a fabulous hippy style bag from recycled upholstery material which I got from a great recycling scrapstore called Orinoco http://www.oxorinoco.org (in Oxford). My sewing skills are improving, I’m learning to recycle unwanted material and am able to make lovely personalised gifts to friends too. Now I will definitely raid my wardrobe for unwanted stretchy old T shirts now I know how I can convert them into beautiful knickers thanks to your inspiring workshop. THANK YOU

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