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Recycled cloth - a new website
We are beginning to develop a website which will feature current academic research on global
secondhand clothing economies, using photography and film alongside short essays. This is being funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant, and will initially focus research and photography projects in India (see below).
Bloomington: Indiana University Press
Recycling Textile Technologies June 14th 2010
The original call for papers can be found here.
Anthropology of waste and materials, with a focus on the global economy of post-consumer clothing and textile waste; indigenous and industrial recycling technologies; material culture; craftsmanship, upcycling and sustainable design; cultural heritage. Regional focus on India including extended periods of ethnographic research in Delhi, north India and Kerala.
Current Projects (2006-2011):
I am currently working on a collaborative ESRC-funded programme, the www.thewasteoftheworld.org, where my role is to focus research upon global issues of textile waste. This has involved extensive fieldwork in both north and south India.
The project investigates two related topics:
India Recycled: a photographic exhibition (2008-9)
Photographs by Tim Mitchell, a freelance photographer, documenting the recycling of cloth in Delhi were displayed at the Horniman Museum, London, from May 2008 to January 2009. Images include both the recycling of saris and everyday Indian clothing, and the industrial recycling of imported Western clothing. A selection of these photos can be found at this Guardian Online gallery.
This research was funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant.
Previous post-doctoral research