Creative Design: Professional

Heirloom Elegance, Something Old is New

  • Colleen Moretz (Immaculata University)


As products reach the end stage of the life cycle, decisions must be made regarding how to dispose of them. The most common approach is to donate usable items to charitable organizations and to channel those with limited or no use to garbage destined for landfills. Designers dedicated to social responsible actions can develop creative ways to reuse and extend the life of all or parts of end-stage products. Household textiles are ideal resources for up-cycling because while their initial use may no longer be fashionable, their heirloom status makes them difficult to discard. Re-purposing heirloom textiles not only extend their life but it also sustains precious and cherished memories associated with their previous uses.

Keywords: Bridal, cotton, Sustainable

How to Cite:

Moretz, C., (2013) “Heirloom Elegance, Something Old is New”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 70(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2013
Peer Reviewed