Adding to the buzz of creativity in Budapest is a cafe, pop-up, and design studio called Printa. The on-site silkscreen and fashion workshop produces garments that are displayed in the gallery area along with art by up-and-coming designers. Printa’s newest collection, Aware, realizes founder Zita Majoros‘s ambitions of making use of otherwise wasted materials, and employ talented Hungarian seamstresses. The garments are crafted by repurposing and embellishing a wide range of throw away textiles such as paragliding wing, military wool blankets, and vintage hemp canvas, which is very hard to imagine when seeing the tailored, and high design look of the final products.
Majoros says that she has been concerned with the planet’s future since she was a child. Even when we she began her career in design, she was most interested in the materials and how they were produced.
“New materials have never inspired me,” says Majoros. “I’ve always found it a huge natural recourse and energy waste. There are so many already produced materials that are disposed and waiting to be reused… that is precisely what I consider the most interesting part – to find those materials and to find the best way to reuse them.”
The Aware collection includes a variety of pieces, with the challenge of replication using waste fabrics. “One of my first collections was a bag collection made from recycled leather jackets and since then, I’m designing clothes for women, some for men, collections for kids, and T-shirt-graphic collections; all of them are made from recycled materials.” Laying out patterns to replicate pieces for the collection, can be difficult when using textile waste that may have unpredictable imperfections, but the team finds it very inspiring.
Where the fabric originates is also a huge source of inspiration.
“Our production is not big, but still we succeed in reusing around 1.000 kg of textile waste each year. We do not only talk about leather jackets or men’s shirts here, I reuse everything that I find valuable – used paraglide wings, military wool blankets, vintage hemp canvas (recourse: local flea market), and some pre-consumer textile cotton waste from a local knittery.”
A majority of the waste products come to Hungary from Western countries.
“It’s interesting that most of our clients come to us from the same Western countries where the used clothes came from… so those clothes change the form and go back to their original place.”