Textiles Ethical and Moral Issues

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  • Created on: 09-10-14 19:05
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  • Social and Cultural influences
    • Social Change
      • designers often inspired to respond to changes in society
      • In times of war fashion products may be rationed or patriotic designs may be inspired.
      • Technology may advance more rapidly in response to war e.g. the invention of nylon (used for parachutes)
      • As populations alter because of immigration, a new mix of people will bring their religious and cultural interests into society
      • Perhaps gender issues may impact on design when the roles of men and women alter e.g. trousers after WW2
      • Fashions response to society
        • After WW2 women desired feminine clothes that weren't military looking and weren't rationed (fabric). In 1947 Christian Dior created 'New Look' (pg 73)
        • Wearable electronics are increasingly popular. Has altered way people communicate and provides opportunities for entertainment (music, video, games)  e.g solar panel chargers for ipod, 'Hub' snowboard jacket.
      • Military Use
        • Society funds the new products for military use. Soldiers gloves with push button sensors sewn into its fingers which act like a computer mouse. The glove can detect hand gestures to communicate with other soldiers.
    • Cultural Influences on consumer choice
      • Some people may be restricted in  their choice of textile product because of their religious beliefs. e.g. Muslim women are encouraged to cover their head and body and so will need a lot of material.
      • Traditional Costume
        • Most countries have a traditional costume. Older generations may prefer to see traditional clothing worn by all but many younger people like to conform to a more Western approach. However fashion trends may be influences by other cultures.
    • Moral Issues
      • A fashion for ethical products
        • Some consumers are keen that fabrics and components are made from a sustainable source.
        • People are interested in buying ethical environmentally friendsly products
      • Moral issues Influence Design
        • A designer will try to ensure tha fairtrade influences are applied to the making of the product. Textile products are often made in less wealthy countries where pay is lower, healthy and safety may not be reinforced. It is therefore important to check the stages to see if these people are exploited.
        • Ethical design is also concerned .  It impacts childrens products most.  e.g. avoid making body-revealing or innapropriate slogans (for children)
        • Animal rights supporters believe that animals should not be killed to gain their fur. e.g. The Queens Guards wear bear fur hats. This will be changed once a new ethically appropriate fabric is invented that keeps its shape and repels water.


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