Speed, scale, connection

Amidst the incredible plethora of sights, sounds and textures of today, some emerging notions of the future city come to mind.These resonate with some of the dimensions that sustainability thinking brings to the fore. Speed and scale were witnessed today as key dimensions in our changing world as we were introduced to the workroom of a block printer, by Shoeb, a third generation printer who named his business’s distinction by its ability to carefully match the prints and its ability to catch and interpret the interests of his customers by keeping his eyes open to the world. A small business employing 20 men, including a father and son team, who slowly and meticulously create bespoke prints for suits for the Indian market. Making 200 metres a day, this work requires patience, awareness and the creativity to tap into the zeitgeist of the contemporary Indian woman. By contrast, on the floor below Shoeb’s printing room is a machine printing company, producing 200,000 metres a day in a hot and dark room with exposed bulbs under the textile tables and the churn of the machines as they sweep across the tables. This printer is currently producing cloth for both campaigning political parties, reminding us literally that fashion is a political process. More of the contrasts of the day regarding speed, scale and connection to follow tomorrow and thank you to our amoeba like team today – we expanded, contracted and expanded again as the day progressed. look forward to continuing our conversations Nivi, Tatjana, Deepti, Swati and Persis

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