finite availability

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Since we’ve been chatting about throwaway fashion versus slow cloth, you might also be interested in this post on the Textile Blog. Among other things, John Hopper reflects that

One thing that hand craft can teach us is about finite availability, rather than infinite availability.

finite availability” was posted by Cally on 28 May 2011 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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  1. Evelyn
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    Perhaps as real Handmade goods become more rare, they will also become more sought after and people willing to pay the price. If there are any craftspeople left willing to continue making.

  2. Alexis
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    I have a piece of my great grandmother’s crochet – its one of those things that you keep for sentimental rather than value reasons – but there is something very human about it – a member of my family who I knew very well made this – it was originally “functional” but I would not dream of “using” it for fear of losing it an not having it to pass on to nieces or nephews at some point in the future.

    There is an endurance, a link, and a story that comes with the hand made (even hand made that you’ve bought or comissioned) that simply isnt there with purchased mass produced items – clothes from Zara & Primark that you’re not “supposed” to own in 6 or 9 months.

  3. Trapunto
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    I came up to my computer and read this, and visted the excellent link, right after finishing a kumihimo braid. I made the braid out of 75+ year old rayon embroidery floss from the collection that belonged to my great great grandmother, kept for years by my grandmother in the 75+ year old gold foil covered cardboard chocolate box her grandmother kept it in, until she gave the whole thing to me the last time I saw her. I was taking a having those dispiriting “What am I doing? What am I (or anyone else) going to do with this?” moments, as I tied off the finished braid. I guess one possible answer is that I am adding handmade objects to a world where their numbers are diminishing…

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