“This future is today.

Today, people around the world will stop and notice something, big or small. We will stop to wonder and feel the need for change and transformation. Those changes/transitions/transformations will be small and big and will look different, but they will all have the same vision: protecting and liberating Mother Earth. Today it is possible to understand that 'we' all have agency and power to create positive change in our everyday lives, to care for 'others' and nature. Today it is possible to share, mend things and relationships. Today it is possible to start living well, not better.
Today it is possible to understand that living well is possible when we try to balance and harmony with ourselves, others (humans and other species) and nature. To acknowledge that we are part of everything and everything is part of us.
Listening, paying attention, breathing, waiting, touching, getting dirty, slowing down are simple actions that can help us start the journey towards new presents and futures.

Presents/Futures focusing on living well will feel, look, taste, smell, sound different in different places. Presents and futures are situated in specific timespaces and complexities. Still, they will be experienced as local and global communities through relations of reciprocity and care. There will be a feeling of 'practising hope'(Leslie Head), which means keep going- and of interconnectedness, not only from similarities but also from complementary differences.

Where I live, it will finally feel like opening doors between neighbours; it will feel diverse and warm. It won't always sound in harmony but in continuous dialogue and interaction between species, cultures, professions, interests, generations. It will sound like singing, breathing, dancing, growing, eating, working, making together. The cars won't keep taking over the sounds of nature. Not the smell either.
This city will smell life forest again. It will smell like shared meals and sweat from playing and walking together. It will smell like soil, tomatoes, flowers and rain.

In these futures, garments will be produced to last like they used to. They will be produced locally and with local materials. The people who make them will work in good conditions and will have fair wages. The materials and production won't harm nature or species.
Garments will be taken seriously and carefully. People will use them to explore and express their identities, not to follow ephemeral trends. The garments will be passed on between kins.

I imagine garments that can be adapted to different weathers and occasions. Garments that play with form, texture and shape. Garments that challenge the discourses of gender and identity. Garments that care for people and nature, carrying everyday stories and recipes for living well. I expect diversity and conserving ancestral knowledge and practices as the essential foundation of any type of making.

In Buen Vivir (Andean Cosmology), the garments are produced to resemble each other in the community. The vision is to create and live in equality - without status, hierarchies as members of the same community. Differences and opposites are seen as complementary.

How can garments contribute to democratic, sustainable and regenerative presents and futures? At the same time, How can garments give people the freedom to express their identities?” - Juliana Restrepo Giraldo