Clothes That Love You Back
Everything in the universe has a vibration...the vibration has a strengthening or a weakening effect ~ Dr. David R. Hawkins
Ever since I was introduced to the concept of every thing having a vibration, an energetic frequency, I've found myself shifting the way I live my life around to honour this idea more and more. Every thing in our lives either supports us or hinders us, and I think it's personal and varying for every person, shifting over the course of a lifetime, sometimes annoyingly so.
Kinesiology is based upon this very idea, that certain things are supportive for some, unsupportive for others. And the concept can be applied to anything and everything - what we eat and drink, the products we apply to our skin, all the things we surround ourselves with in the home, the activities we fill our days with, the people we surround ourselves with, the places we frequent and the clothes we wrap our bodies in.
We are not separate from the things around us, we are affected, we affect, we're intertwined, inseparable, one. And I think we’re all paying closer attention to the things we buy, support and surround ourselves with.
I’m drawn to wearing clothes that are life supportive, not life hindering. For me, that means looking at what that piece of clothing I like is made of, how it’s made and how it makes me feel. I believe the entire lifecycle of a creation contributes to its energy, that energy either aligns with our own or it doesn’t.
What It’s Made of
The materials used to make the fabric, the treating process, the dyeing process, even the way the input like the cotton or the bamboo was treated while it was growing, all these things contribute to the end product, the clothes you wear on your body. For me, choosing clothes that are as close to nature as possible has become a goal – I want organic natural fibres, non-chemical treating processes and natural dyes.
In all areas of life, I’m trying to merge with nature as much as possible, incorporate it into my life, match its vibration. Imagine walking around in your daily life with natural clothing enveloping you, supporting you. Imagine all the positive effects of this, possibly too complex for us to even understand. I want to wear clothes that help remind me that I am not separate from nature, I am nature.
How It’s Made
The way our clothes are made, the intention they’re made with by the brand, the designers and the people that create them, the people who sew the seams, the buttons, the zips and ties, this all affects the energy of the clothes we wear. You can feel the love of clothes made with loving intentions all the way through the process.
The fashion industry is one of the most exploitative in the modern world in terms of not treating people or planet fairly, on a really big scale, all in the pursuit of making money.
Garment workers in countries like Cambodia, Bangladesh, China, India and Vietnam are in many cases not paid a fair living wage, forced to work incredibly long hours without proper breaks and are generally treated poorly.
The planet isn't treated fairly by most fashion brands either – toxic chemical treatments and dyes run-off into our earth and waters, textile waste piles up in landfill around the world, plastic microfibres in synthetic materials add to the increasing levels of plastic in our oceans, pesticides used to treat cotton and other fibres go into the earth and threaten the health of farmers too.
I like to think the way we spend our money is similar to voting. If we support the brands that uphold positive production practices, for people and planet, they're supported to do more and more of what they do. We vote them into power. The power shifts from people producing clothing in the cheapest possible way without caring for people or planet, towards the people producing clothes in a life supportive way, for everyone and everything.
One day, this more conscious way of making clothing will just be the way we do things if we keep supporting these practices.
How it Makes You Feel
Ethical, sustainable clothes love you back, they make you feel good. Our clothes are our second skin, we literally envelope ourselves in the fabric and the stitches of our clothes most minutes of the day and night. Clothes made with life supportive materials, made in life supportive ways, they support us back in turn.
And I think as we start to pay more and more attention to the way the things we surround ourselves with affect us, we become more and more sensitive and in tune to all this. We feel reactions to non-supportive clothing, our clothes can affect the way we behave, feel, think, speak in daily life, our clothing can affect our state.
For me, Vege Threads is life supportive clothing. The way these clothes have been lovingly designed, sourced, dyed, sewn all combine to create an energy of love and a closeness to nature. These clothes feel supportive of the living, breathing, loving nature of humans and all things.
Why is Vege Threads life supportive?
♥ Hand dyed, using natural plant dyes
♥ Made in ethical workshops, mostly in Melbourne, Australia
with some production in China, Indonesia + Italy
♥ Made from 100% organic cotton, hemp or recycled materials
♥ Minimal lycra and elastic used
♥ Soft, comfy clothing, feels like a second skin
♥ Trend-proof, cool pieces you want to wear every day
♥ Made with loving intentions, with care for people and planet
We took our vast collection of Vege Threads yoga pieces out to Enogerra Reservoir in Brisbane last month to get up close with nature. We're wearing Vege Threads organic yoga crop, yoga legging and multi legging.
Words + images by The Travelling Light + Louise McKnoulty.