DRESSING THE DEAD
“The body is a gift,” Interlandi explains in the October 2013 issue Wired. “It’s a bag of nutrients and water and protein. When you place it back into the earth, I think the garment is almost like wrapping paper.”
Interlandi wanted to create a vesture that, like the body, returned both literally and symbolically to the earth.
To create a vesture that, like the body, returns both literally and symbolically to the earth, Interlandi employs natural fibers, including raw silk with embroidery for pieces that go around the collarbone or over the heart, a hemp/silk blend for garment bindings, cotton lace for decorations, a hemp/organic cotton blend for the main shroud, and combed silk cocoons for a final veil covering the body.
Interlandi says she incorporates her fashion expertise with elements of funeral celebrancy. “It is a practice that functions as ritual engaged through the creation or fashioning of a burial garment,” she writes on her website. “It neither denies nor flirts with death, but presents it in a way that invites observers to view it as natural, undeniable, inevitable and at times, beautiful.”