Friday, June 13, 2008

Waste Crumbs

After inserting tufts of old crumpled and messed cotton yarn, there was a lot of fine chopped waste being generated (this size was an existing category of waste already though) and by their natural property of cohesion the small bits were clinging together, inspiring me to take the clutter and wrap them with waste yarn.
Creating small ball like shapes and inserting them was a whole method of trial and error. Initially the challenge was to figure out which weave would be the best to hold the 3-D structures. Any balanced and even weave would be the best. The size of the structure was an essential requisite for the fabric to have more stability, which was attained after a series of trials. Various arrangements were tried along with some changes with the way they were inser

The .000001% of waste that's generated by the weavers. Cotton, acrylic and local wool waste. Cotton yarn wrapped on tiny waste.
Inserted into a plain weave fabric. The texture feels great, as it is almost like accu-pressure blisters.
Side view
The structures inserted in twill weave, and was unsuccessful as the weave has direction and does not support the cotton yarn beads. Plus the size is slightly big.

On a zig-zag weave, and very succcessful.

Inserting the balls very closely, caused to many loose warps ends, hence no density to pack the balls.
Reducing the size of the structures greatly, and using plain weave lead to the best. The small size reduced the imbalance of weave.

Stringing acrylic wrapped balls, like cherries!
Then using some waste yarn in the weft aswell. Many have liked this series and approve these in terms of reusing waste. The weavers helping me exploring said that would mean a good meal to save all the expensive yarn waste. They are ready for that extra and little hard work on treating the waste yarn.

1 comment:

Ajay Kumar K.S. said...

hi priyanka,

i just came across your blog.
even though i'm not a fashion designer , being an artist who plays around with colors i really liked those combination of the orange and green zig zag weave which you've done.