As part of an ongoing collaboration between Mohair South Africa and the international trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, a special stand and seminars were created at this year’s Spinexpo that took place in New York last week — It presented a innovative look at craft as never seen before.
“Knitting, breading, fringing and pom-pom making are now seen in all cultural spheres, from art to design to fashion to amateurs, and even in public space where guerilla knitters make lively temporary knit interventions. Knitting collectives are springing up everywhere, empowered by the web and bringing people together in response to a human need for sharing experiences and stories while creating craft.
Even a World Knitting Day has been proclaimed. The D.I.Y. movement has indeed gained momentum, influencing more unique and personalized garments and accessories. In a wild expression of our collective creative survival instincts, people will rediscover the beauty of one-of-a-kind creations made from yarn, fringe, crochet, patchwork, embroidery and hand-knit pieces. With a hint of surrealism and humor, the trends of the future will literally dig deep into ourselves for inspiration; the human body and the soul.
The fibrous texture of tissue, the fuzzy follicles of hair, the string-like strands of veins and the bouncing qualities of flesh and skin all provide a starting point for new techniques and colors.
Creating a fashion to mirror our own image, celebrating humankind. Mohair is the fiber that can create our splitting image; a versatile fiber that can translate all of these ideas and more, ranging from silk-like furry yarns to entangled textured blends.It will be used as the fantasy yarn of choice to give volume and bring fun to the knit.
Fashion and design are experiencing a revival of highly creative textiles and knits. The idea of doing yourself yourself (D.I.Y.Y.) is an innovative look at craft as never seen before.”
For more on this trend visit Li Edelkoort’s Trendtablet page.
Photos by Sabine Pigalle.