After visiting Traid and discussing common damages in clothing generally, we have begun mapping damages. We attempt to understand how we can design around the damages, design for them in fact. We are thinking about the tools we will need to configure to address repair and damage.
We find that the most common damages are as a result of wearing and washing, with the few more specific damages such as that caused by hungry Moths. It’s noted that these moth damaged are most common where food or drinks has dropped on the garment. The crotch of trousers has the tendency to tear through, especially in cyclists. There are the specific materiality damages, fraying, splitting at the seams, pilling, thinning and staining.
In relation to shirts, we establish that staining occurs on the neckline (make-up), a common issue, cuff and collar staining also a damage-zone, as well as under the arms. Under the arms can be a problem area for seam splitting too. Thinning often occurs at the elbows.
By understanding areas prone to damage, we can understand areas most often needing repair or reinforcement.