The Mending Project is a design initiative aimed at addressing the declining art of clothing repair and mending skills among the young Indian population. This project began with a comprehensive assessment of the general mending skills of the target demographic. By conducting surveys and interviews, I identified a significant knowledge gap in this area and set out to bridge it.
Extensive research was conducted on competitors, existing literature, and available resources to inform the project's direction. The goal was to develop effective solutions that would empower interested individuals to acquire essential mending skills and techniques.
The resulting solutions encompass a range of accessible tools and resources. Instruction manuals were designed to provide comprehensive step-by-step guidance on various mending techniques, ensuring that individuals could learn at their own pace and convenience. DIY kits were also developed, containing essential tools and materials needed for basic clothing repairs. These kits enable users to practice their newfound skills and develop confidence in their ability to mend garments.
Recognizing the need for long-term growth and expansion, the project also proposed the establishment of an umbrella brand. This brand would serve as a platform for future solutions, such as advanced skill-building workshops, specialized mending supplies, and an online community where menders could exchange knowledge and seek guidance.
The Mending Project seeks to foster a culture of sustainability and self-sufficiency in clothing maintenance, reducing waste and promoting the value of preserving garments. By equipping young individuals with the skills and resources necessary for effective mending, the project aims to revive and celebrate the art of clothing repair, enabling a more conscious and responsible approach to fashion consumption in India.