Tuesday, April 22, 2008

One man's junk....

Ever heard the saying 'One man's junk is another man's treasure'? Last Saturday's DC Green Muslims dinner, 'Reduce, Reuse and Redesign' at the Goodwill Training Center, made sure of that.

We came armed with recycled-paper bags filled to the brim with the barely-worn clothes we found stuffed in the back of our closets.

We perused the racks of swap-able clothing – including everything from a Lacoste men's shirt and elaborately embroidered kufi to women's jeans and colorful tunics – and hauled our discoveries to the 'redesign center' where a cluster of talented seamstresses stood ready with their sewing machines to turn used clothes into new. A few designers were also on hand to offer advice on the best way to transform my newly discovered Indian-inspired tote bag into a new throw pillow.

In the midst of the swapping fun, it was easy to almost overlook the deeper purpose of the night's event: to raise awareness about our habits of (over)consumption and expand our conception of sustainability and recycling to include clothing. A presentation at dinner took the concept a step further by introducing the intersection of fashion and spirituality -- reminding us of the Prophet's (peace be upon him) habits of mending his own clothes.

But perhaps the most important take-away of the evening -- besides my chic new pillow -- was the reminder to try to gain barakah in all of my newfound 'green' habits, a reminder that may come in handy those times I feel the urge to wander the mall in search of that must-have item that I don't actually need.

Submitted by Malika :-)

2 comments:

Lena Albibi said...

great post malika :) mA...hopefully we all took back the same lesson!

Zahra Billoo said...

Great post, particularly that mall reminder. Oh the things I don't need...