Wearable Tech: Mood Board & Favorite Garment

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MOOD BOARD:

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thoughts and inspirations include: performance, movement, active wear, bio-tech, voice activation, cyberpunk, futuristic fashion, expanding clothing, LEDS, luminescence, head-gear, hoods, neck wear, exposed bodies, large bodies, othered bodies, taking-up-space, expansion, “plus size” fashion, sex, androgyny


FAVORITE GARMENT:

this is my current favorite item of clothing:

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I bought this sweater last winter and have been happy to wear it almost everyday of the week since.  In fact I am wearing it right now:


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What I love about this shirt is that it is comfortable, a bit too big and aesthetically appealing (at least, to me).  I never have to worry that I will feel exposed or awkward in this – unless it’s too hot, but even so, I’ve worn it in the summer.


The term “sweater” is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the term often refers to a pullover, it can also refer to a cardigan, a garment that opens and fastens down the front. Within either group, there is a great variety of design.


It is a knitted piece. I occasionally knit and when I first got it I was fascinated by the way the 4 types of yarn intersect in the center of the shirt. I think, after enough investigation, I have figured out the technicalities of the seams – maybe.


Knitting is the process of using two or more needles to loop yarn into a series of interconnected loops in order to create a finished garment or some other type of fabric. The word is derived from knot, thought to originate from the Dutch verb knutten, which is similar to the Old English, cnyttan, to knot.


The oldest knitted artifacts are socks from Egypt, dating from the 11th century CE. They are a very fine gauge, done with complex colorwork and some have a short row heel, which necessitates the purl stitch. These complexities suggest that knitting is even older than the archeological record can prove.


The 1920s saw a vast increase in the popularity of knitwear in much of the western world. Knitwear, especially sweaters/pullovers became essential part of the new fashions of the age for men, women and children, rather than mostly practical garments of associated with particular occupations (e.g., fishermen).


The 21st century has seen a resurgence of knitting. This resurgence can be noted in part to coincide with the growth of the internet and internet-based technologies, as well as the general “Handmade Revolution” and interest in DIY crafts.

 


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