Transitory Yarn is a new service using knitting technology to create personalized garments. The garment is transformed several times over its lifecycle through a process of unraveling, reknitting, unraveling, reknitting and so on. Therefore using resources more efficiently and reducing its ecological impact.
This project aims to provide a counter concept to current industrial garment manufacturing processes, where planned obsolescence and fast fashion cause a tremendous ecological impact. By merging the worlds of production and consumers we hope to educate and inspire that resources are to be treated with respect and care and a deliberate ritual of transforming can be mesmerizing and beautiful marking a starting point for something new...
imagined by Alex Fruhstorfer, Anna Neumerkel, Max Scheidl; 2016 - ...
The lifecycle of a garment.
To meet this new standard of production garments will be specifically produced for that process in the future.Every first piece it equipped with a so called Transition Button. This smart electronic element holds the first loop to begin the process with on the one hand and stores individual data about the wearer and the lifecycle of the yarn on the other hand.Through the special technical structure of the garment the new process becomes visible to the outside. So the garment is knitted preferably from only one single piece of yarn and the seams are crocheted and visible.
The process of production and unraveling happens within a new kind of local business model. The customers’ individual pattern is measured, they choose their desired kind of yarn and their first ‘Transitory Garment’ is knitted by an industrial knitting machine. When the garment is no longer needed the customer parts from their piece within an interactive ritual of unraveling using the ‘UNRAVELING MACHINE’. The yarn obtained is again transformed into a new piece.
The unraveling machine empowers consumers to become a part of transforming their yarn resource into something new.
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