We are on the verge of the 4th Industrial Revolution (or 4th Reich, depending on your analytical research into the matter and concerns as to the motivations behind The Great Reset and Davos Society members on creating a global government of nonelected officials that have everyone’s data worldwide). So while we are being inundated with the wonders of living in a world where AI will soon fill job positions humans don’t want, where neurochips can be implanted into our brains to make us communicate more efficiently with out computer network and technology can do most anything a person can do, regardless of their skill or natural abilities. The pandemic was supposed to act as a catalyst to push us online, to push things ahead more rapidly, to distance us from one another physically and emotionally, to create instability and chaos through violent protests and false media narratives.
What does this have to do with fabric you may ask? Well, textile are basically things you can touch. They are physical; they have properties such as softness, stretch, weave, artistic design and so forth. Many years ago, people went from doing everything by hand to mechanizing the process. Now a select group of business owners run fabric mills; the average family has not one single member who knows how to make fabric by hand. On top of this, the threads that hold pieces of fabric together are created by machines. Wool is similarly processed from sheep fluff into knittable yarns via large, expensive machines that process tons of materials at a time and produce hundreds of balls of wool in a batch.
Who makes our clothing, our tents, or furniture? Are robots on the scene here as well? Well, that answer may surprise you. Despite automation and mechanization, the world still has slave labour to sew up our clothing. Sweat shops with children, illegal immigrants, minority religious population segments, or common folk in communist nations are the bots behind the scenes. The richer nations who benefit from this slave labour are the ones who sell these products to their own people at high mark ups; Canadians and Americans expect to receive minimum wages and labour protections for their own work, but everyday purchase goods created by people in the slave labour force because these goods are cheaper than a Canadian or American made version.
I think we need to get back to basics and teach our children, teach ourselves the ways of our ancestors. Whether it be learning to make leather from a hunted moose or deer, turn sheep and goat fluff into wool, weave reeds into matts, create looms to make fabric by hand, knit handmade sweaters, make our own paper…..we have lost something in leaving it to automation or the very oppressed.
Our societies are disconnected from nature because we don’t understand how things work, what our place is in the natural world. We feel the pressure of societies’ rules and regulations, yet we don’t know the basic ways to feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, create shelters or keep warm. We don’t know how to behave in communities like cohesive units anymore; we no longer act like tribe members or clansmen. Families are disconnected rivals of other families, in competition over image, income and popularity. What about what skills and talents can I offer my people so we all have a better chance of survival? in the stressful race that is modern life, do we even stop to ask? How did we lose this? How did we become so unconnected with our families and communities?
I believe the answer is to go back to basics. Relearn by doing and not just watching you tube videos. Get outside in the fresh air and physically speak with other people. Acquaint ourselves with the plant species that become the fabrics that are transformed into garments. Experiment with natural dye making. Help shear a sheep and make some wool. Don’t be caught up in how quickly you can get something done; focus on the journey and the quality and purpose of what you are doing.