Beijing  The Art Of “Make do and Mend”

Make do and mend meant that “sewing or darning that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)”;
Recently I have been reading a book on Make Do and Mend, the skills and techniques employed by women in the UK during the Second World War to cope with the hardships that were enforced upon them, and have subsequently found myself struck by a similar feeling.
The book actually is comprised of reproductions of official instruction leaflets issued by the British Government but also has a well written foreword which puts these leaflets into the context of the times with some fascinating information. The privations women experienced in regards to resources begun as soon as the war started in September 1939 when petrol was rationed. The rationing system consisted of household ration books which contained coupons that had to be presented at the time of purchase. Before long, the restrictions began to encompass almost every item that pre-war could have been purchased with ease, including food, domestic fuel, clothing, fabric, cooking wares, footwear, furniture, soap, pens, and many, many others, and the rationing of some things continued long after the end of the war right up until 1953
The rationing of clothing, fabric and knitting wool begun in June 1941, continuing until 1949. Every man, woman and child were issued coupons books. Initially each person was issued with sixty six coupons a year, but this eventually dropped to just twenty. With a woolen dress requiring eleven coupons, you can imagine how important preserving existing garments became. In response to this, the Government distributed more and more leaflets to offer women advice, tips and tutorials. These included topics such as how to avoid moths attacking your clothes, darning techniques for socks and knitwear, reinforcing areas of garments that suffer the most wear and making childrens’ clothes from adult cast-offs.
That’s The Art Of Make do and Mend in the old time, so how’s it gong now in china?
It is what xiangzi and zhangna has always done since 2009.
Every weekend,they drive to the countryside and picked out the clothes. After that, zhangna do the mend and redesign work;while Xiangzi Collect similar designers, providing Quilting fabric for them.finally he sellsthem at high prices,gaining profit to do public service.
They call it eclothing Bank.
It is an offbeat story when the old clothes meet fashion图片9

Written by BingBing Du