Mining For Inspiration

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Hailing from Colombia, designer Miguel Mesa Posada makes a political statement with his quilt-like paper garments.
Entitled Potosí (Spanish for “unmeasurable wealth”), the collection takes its name from the richest silver mine ever known on earth, located in Bolivia. The veins of color running through his clothes simulate the striated paths in open pit mining, which he deems as a scar on the land. “In the garments those scars are the ripped paper,” he says. Under this, he wove recycled fibers from Latin America. “I home-dyed over 40 colors of a textile cotton waste and used PET to generate the headpieces.”

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