A small rant about textiles in novels. Do carry on!

Ugh…. All these pod people books.  Viruses, climate change, whatever, let’s all live in pods.  Nope, you can’t survive outside of these pods.  Except that people do.

But those who live outside the pods don’t have the same tech as us.  In fact there practically medieval.  But they may have super powers.  Shrugs shoulders.  We don’t know.

Does this book description sound vaguely familiar to you?  Because it sounds a lot like sooooooo many books being put out now.

And the issue I bring to you today is fabric in these worlds.  Yup – fabric.

Those who live in the pods won’t have access to the same natural fibers that we have access to today.  They may have some genetically engineered other kind of fabric. I can buy this; they are in pods and the RULERS of all of the tech.  They can design whatever the frig they want, because they survived the apocalypse with all the tech safely locked in with them!

But the people outside the pods, who are never ever ever supposed to associate with the people inside the pods because they are the ancestors of those who were not selected to become pod people, they would now be wearing the same damned clothes.  In fact if they are several generations down either what they are wearing is completely tattered post-apocalyptic or they have found some way to make fabric again.  But it isn’t going to be the same way we do it now in mass quantities.  Heck no.  We are going back to the spinning wheal, and the loom peoples, and fabric like that is not fabric like we wear today.  It is bulkier.  It is scratchier.  It is not flattering.  Heck if you are fighting for survival out in this un-habitable place, then you aren’t going to have time to be making super awesome fine fabric.   It’s gonna be like woven sac, heck yeah!

I just want some of these authors to go back and to watch the CrashCourse youtube videos about early cavitation and realize what they are doing by casting people out of these pods and what they are locking them away from.  They won’t have access to the same tech.  They are being locked away from technological advancements and being forced to survive in very harsh circumstances.  Their priorities are going to shift.  There cultural values are going to shift.

There are a lot more questions to be asked.  But mostly I keep shaking my head at clothing descriptions in these books for the people out of the pod, because it’s just not realistic.  I would know, I sew, I knit, I’m interested in textiles.

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One thought on “A small rant about textiles in novels. Do carry on!

  1. The ipod people are isolated with thier technologies. Rulers of the tech which they themselves cannot create, ironically using things created by… at least built by those outside primitive peoples who could not afford to buy a pod.

    for the metaphor: Those who live in the outside world may appear to have great super powers to one who is connected to and dependent on the technology of today. Such as being able to carry on a normal conversation, walk up a flight of stairs or something. I know, thats not about fabrics.

    As for fabrics if the world were so uninhabitable then why are there people here, generations later even. “Have you ever survived certain death?” ans “If death were so certain I wouldn’t be here.” Some places may be a wasteland but technologies still exist. Laser guns, choo choo trains and suped up Dodge Chargers to name a few. They may not be mass producing clothing but still be able to have some smaller machine or loom. We still spin and loom today just on a larger scale. Modern stuff likely does a better job than previous looms turning out large amounts of tightly woven fabrics. It depends how primitive the outside society is supposed to be i guess. Katniss was a country bumpkin from the sticks. We wouldn’t put it past her to sew up someting spiffy despite her position in life. Tanning and curing leather is also pretty basic you can easily make fine crafts. Assuming you have someplace to hunker down at night and hide from the giant mutated scorpions.

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