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Dressing for a Hotter Planet : Indian designers at work

Posted by on 28 avril 2021

Image may contain Building Architecture Dome Clothing Apparel Human Person and MosqueDressing for a Hotter Planet: In India, Designers Honor the Natural Sustainability of Artisan Crafts

April 22, 2021

If there’s one thing that unites India’s 1.3 billion people, it is heat. Even in a country with a variety of regional climates—from tropical to Himalayan alpine—hot, sweaty summers are a constant. For centuries, Indians have developed original approaches to enduring such extremes by dressing in breathable, handspun cotton and building low-energy, naturally cooling architecture. But scientists predict that longer, hotter summers and more frequent heat waves could overwhelm the subcontinent. The country has seen a 33.3 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature since 1901, compounded by severe urban air pollution.


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