Step inside the digital museum of fashion to explore ancient and Indigenous techniques of garmenting, combined to demonstrate the negative impacts of the fashion industry and show that another way is possible.
In this project fashion environmentalist and interdisciplinary designer from India, Runa Ray creates garments using seaweed and cyanobacteria to highlight the devastating impact of synthetic fibers and microplastics on the health of the oceans and marine life.
“Art has always complemented science, and encouraged people and communities to think deeper, even change their ways.” Runa Ray.
About Runa Ray
Runa Ray is a fashion environmentalist and interdisciplinary designer who uses Fashion as Activism to advocate for policy change. She has worked extensively with the sustainable development goals on various projects with regards to Climate Action and with the United Nations. She is also an educational member of the IUCN for Fashion and Climate Action. As an innovator, Runa Ray’s designs encompass the reduce, reuse and recycle model. By keeping the end in mind, She has helped revive ancient and indigenous techniques of garmenting that reduce adverse impact on the earth. Her expertise lies in the circularity of the Fashion Industry and helping design schools and micro organizations create zero waste initiatives. As a Fashion environmentalist, Ray writes regularly for leading newspapers in India on Fashion and Climate change. She hosts The Dialogue which is an interactive platform that focuses on open, honest discussions that promote sustainability and reduce Fashion’s impact on our environment. Runa Ray believes that there cannot be environmental justice without social justice and campaigns for Peace and the advancement of Science She has been a featured speaker at the United Nations, The National Institute of Fashion Technology, IUCN Youth, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Rutgers University. Her designs have been featured in the Times, Huffingtonpost, Vogue, ID, WWD, Daily Mail and Harper’s Bazaar.