After watching Desula, I couldn’t help but revisit 2 other films that call out to some of the thoughts and feelings I’ve been working with in clothing and how it manifests culturally. NOWNESS produced a series called The Way We Dress, in which 4 female directors explore and reveal the hidden truths behind women’s relationships with clothes.
Hong Kong Dress by Simone Rocha and Linda Brownlee, looks at clothing through the eyes of some sweet grannies. It instills the sense of pride that comes with dressing yourself, finding a style that is practical, yet involves play and activity to create. By living with less, the garments become more cared for, sacred and ritual is built around the activity of dressing.
Watch the film here.