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[ Bureau of Forgotten Worlds]

The clothes we wear are not just stitched pieces of fabric - they are also landscapes. The choices we make in the high street store or in-front of the full-length mirror set in motion territorial scaled effects, industrial landscapes and massive factories across the other side of the planet. The ‘Made In’ label that is stitched into the back of every garment is the name of a metaphoric island, a place where every piece of fashion is produced, a distant land populated with the people and machines that craft the fashion we wear.

As we wander through the Island of Made In, we dive into the world hidden within our clothes and immerse ourselves into our own wardrobes. Here industrial monsters roam free, distant mountains are formed from cotton loom waste, and valleys are lined with the button hole threads. The fashion supply chain is re-mapped as a surreal landscape that could - just maybe - prompt us to reflect on journeys and supply chains extending beyond our own aesthetic preferences.

The Island of Made-In by Chong Yan Chuah
Footages shot by Chong Yan Chuah
Expedition with Unknown Field Division

This is a short location shoot tittled, ‘Unravelled’, which celebrates the rich traditions of Indian garment making and textile design that feed into modern-day, globalised fashion manufacturing. It also highlights the ethical, sustainable production methods that socially conscious, creative brands use, as well as the extraordinary practices of Indian craftspeople. In particular, ‘Unravelled’ provides a positive image of contemporary Indian garment making – one that challenges the familiar narratives of the past.

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