Spinning new life into old clothes and fabric scraps

Agatha Lee, who goes by the moniker Agy Textile Artist, advocates upcycling and shares her works, such as a dress she dyed (above) and an outfit she added embroidery to (right), on her Instagram account.
Designer Adeline Huang (above) reconstructs textile scraps and off-cuts into eclectic accessories such as bags and necklaces.PHOTOS: AGY TEXTILE ARTIST
Agatha Lee, who goes by the moniker Agy Textile Artist, advocates upcycling and shares her works, such as a dress she dyed (above) and an outfit she added embroidery to (right), on her Instagram account.
Agatha Lee, who goes by the moniker Agy Textile Artist, advocates upcycling and shares her works, such as a dress she dyed (above) and an outfit she added embroidery to, on her Instagram account.PHOTOS: AGY TEXTILE ARTIST
Agatha Lee, who goes by the moniker Agy Textile Artist, advocates upcycling and shares her works, such as a dress she dyed (above) and an outfit she added embroidery to (right), on her Instagram account.
Agatha Lee, who goes by the moniker Agy Textile Artist, advocates upcycling and shares her works, such as a dress she dyed and an outfit she added embroidery to (above), on her Instagram account.PHOTOS: AGY TEXTILE ARTIST

Closer to home, there are at least three brands and individuals in Singapore that upcycle textile waste into clothes, accessories and bags.

Local fashion brand Taikensonzai, which means experience and existence in Japanese, is one of the rare labels in Singapore that has been using only upcycled fabric to make its accessories and clothes since its beginning in 2014. The label can be found at eco-conscious shops such as The Green Collective in Kinex mall (formerly known as OneKM) and Zhai in Tanglin Mall.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'Spinning new life into old clothes and fabric scraps'. Print Edition | Subscribe