Welcome to Fafafoom StudioRepurposing textile waste to construct, refashion, or repair garments and accessories.
We rescue and upcycle discarded fabric remnants, textile samples, and other materials to create custom garments, accessories, and home decor.
To extend lifespan and wearability, we thoughtfully repair torn or worn out clothes, vintage garments, and accessories whenever possible.
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Experience Mira's Textile Art in Virtual Reality
The Climate Gallery features Mira Musank in the virtual “A Study in Artivism” exhibition. See Mira’s creations in the virtual Textile Arts Gallery and check out galleries from 4 other climate artists – Klara Maisch, David Solnit, Minori Murata, and Rose McAdoo.
Watch Artist Talk with Mira Musank
Climate Gallery‘s “A Study in Artivism” exhibition kicked off with Mira’s Artist Talk and her Textile Art Gallery tours. Watch the recorded 30-minute talk and subsequent gallery tour clips!
Artist Talk starts at (3:10)
Gallery Tour starts at (40:14)
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Why We Do It
73% of all clothing materials end up in landfills or incinerated.
In the US, the figure is around 85% in 2018 - 11 million tons of textiles got landfilled, the rest incinerated. Moreover, less than 1% of old clothes get recycled into new ones, and 92 million tons of textile waste is produced each year. This translates to an equivalent of a garbage truck filled with textiles and clothes dumping its load into landfills every second, every year.
There are plenty of textile cutoffs, remnants, and samples that are never made into a finished product. Let's shift our perspectives about “textile waste” by repurposing these materials.
People wear clothes fewer times before throwing them away.
Throwaway culture has continued to worsen, especially with the normalized crazed of fast fashion. The number of times a garment is worn has declined by 36% in 15 years. It’s estimated that an average American throws away 81 pounds (37 kg) of clothes every year. To make it worse, the majority of discarded clothes are not recycled.
The mix of materials (fiber yarns, synthetic filaments, plastics, etc.) within our clothes dictates what can be recycled effectively. Globally, only 12% of clothing materials are recycled. The rest are downcycled, incinerated, or landfilled. Approximately $500 billion is lost each year due to decline of repeat wearings and failure to recycle clothes.
Donating used clothes and textiles can be problematic.
Only 10 - 20% of donated clothing gets sold domestically in the US. The rest gets exported overseas, with the US contributing 40% of secondhand clothing exports globally. Most of them ends up in Africa. At Kantamanto Market in Ghana, 40% of secondhand clothes that arrived go straight to landfill. Others landing elsewhere are most likely incinerated or go to domestic landfills.
When we hold on to our clothes longer, fewer will go through the dreadful linear funnel that ends up catalyzing environmental disasters and displacing people.
What We Make
An active study of collecting and repurposing textile waste into functional and modular apparel design. Growing amounts of scrap cloth are gathered and assembled into a new form with each iteration.
Initiated during Climate Creative Spring 2021 cohort participation, the Gathered Cloths project invites better awareness of textile waste, encourages textile repurposing efforts, and welcomes contemplation of the textile lifecycle and its importance in meaningful climate actions.
A fashion design collaboration with emerging fashion designer Jesus Romero. Would you recall the true worth of textiles and extend their lifespan? A mini-collection loosely inspired by Japanese and Victorian aesthetics, refashioned from pre-owned / vintage clothes and textiles.
In the Media
Mira Musank’s works have been shown in global publications and channels. It’s been a humbling yet exciting journey towards increasing awareness of textile waste, encouraging creative reuse, and fostering direct climate actions.
Who We Are
Mira Musank is a textile upcycling artist based in San Francisco Bay Area – land of indigenous tribes Ohlone, Muwekma, and Lisjan.
Repurposing discarded textile samples, used clothes, and fabric remnants, she transforms them into custom garments and home decor. Her designs are inspired by a combination of Western haute couture and traditional East / Southeast Asian cultures.
Through an intuitive process of sewing, weaving, and hand embroidery, Mira aims to give second chances to so-called textile waste in more intimate yet expressive intentions. She also regularly redistributes materials to the local community for creative reuse.
How We Do It
Interpreting Kebaya, Making a Modern Ethnic Ensemble
Modern Ethnic outfit is my interpretation of kebaya dressing. They are made using vintage ikat textile and inspired by several free minimal-waste patterns. Only on fafafoom.com.
Restoring a 1950s Atomic Age Dress
Restoring and repairing a beautiful 1950s Dress for my summer 2022 wardrobe. Smart alterations include lining and inseam pockets. Only on fafafoom.com.
Pink Delight! Natural Dyeing with Camellia Flowers
My next experiment is dyeing with camellia flowers. Amongst all natural dyeing projects I have done so far, this is my favorite. Check out the pink delights! From fafafoom.com.
5 Slow Fashion Tips for a More Sustainable Wardrobe
Five slow fashion tips to help you transform your sustainable wardrobe for a cleaner, greener future. A guest feature from Reese Jones for Fafafoom.com.
Upcycling and Repairing Ideas for Garden Decor
The garden has become a special place, especially during Covid-19 pandemic. During shelter-in-place period, I made garden decors by upcycling locally sourced items.
Natural Dyeing with Japanese Maple Leaves: Notes from a First-timer
Notes from my first natural dyeing experiment with Japanese maple leaves in fall season. Three batches of dyeing using fallen leaves sourced from two different trees in the garden. So much to learn and enjoy afterwards.
"Because of Mira, two loveseats, an armchair and two ottomans will stay out of landfill."
“You were the absolute, best person to receive some of those heritage items from my family. Thank you for keeping these items alive."
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou
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