Hatta Dolmat is Malaysia’s first designer in the local fashion business to embrace a wholly sustainable attitude from the production to the final collections. Proactively looking for new avenues to merge fashion and environmental sustainability, Hatta Dolmat’s commitment for fashion sustainability is self-awareness and conscience since textile and fast fashion industry is claimed to be the second largest polluting industry for the environment after oil and gas.
“Fashion industry is the second largest waste contributor in our country and in the world next to the Petroleum industry. We have been struggling with uncontrollable plastic waste management for decades and now textile waste are taking in place. No doubt that fast fashion and local fashion industry are contributing to the textile waste in the landfill. Therefore as a fashion designer, it is my responsibility to not just spread an awareness, but to show the sustainability method of clothes making to the industry player. This means a lot to me as a local designer and as a Malaysian as we are moving to be a better nation and prove to the world that Malaysia can do this.” said, Hatta Dolmat.
His sense of responsibility and forward thinking is present when Hatta Dolmat plans for his new collections; when he produces clothes or launches new collection. An avid painter himself, Hatta Dolmat’s asserts creativity through his paintings and creates customized fabric designs. This year, in line with the Hatta Dolmat’s: Sustainable Awareness Movement and Hatta Dolmat’s 15 years celebration in the fashion industry, Hatta has just recently launched the HD Monogram RTW sustainable collection during KLFW Digital 2020 on November 13th, 2020.
The ready- to-wear offering features a mixture of pleated skirt with oversized shapes of pants, outerwear and accessories such as bucket hats, boots, stilettos and bags with the implementation of HD Monogram motives in a delicate white, green and grey palette. The HD Monogram RTW Sustainable Collection is more than just another season’s ensemble by Hatta Dolmat. It is meant to create awareness to the society on how plastic waste has adversely affects the environment. Also, since this is one of Hatta Dolmat’s most major projects, he want it to be very much thought of and to have an amazing team behind it. The HD Monogram RTW sustainable collection is a tripartite collaboration between Hatta Dolmat, SWCorp and Kloth Cares, aimed to educate Malaysians that plastic bottles can have new life with higher purpose, if recycled into fabrics. With the factual data of textile waste collected by SWCorp yearly, Hatta and Kloth Cares (in which is the only company in Malaysia that supplies RPET fabrics, accredited by MyHijau and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation) are working closely together in selecting best method in producing the HD Monogram RTW sustainable collection. The entire collection is produced from high quality fabrics from plastic bottles which consist of 60% recycled plastic bottles yarns (rPET) weaved with 40% cotton (organic fibre).
“My job as a fashion designer is to create beautiful, intelligent clothes to people. But as time goes by, after 15 years in the industry, fashion requires some seriousness. A moment to think and to reflect back to the society. What do I do? What is fashion for? How can I give back to the society? What can fashion contribute to the community? How can fashion solve the major waste problems? Fashion has become very popular, and with all the attention it gets, it bears more responsibilities. We are left behind. I need to voice out to people that sustainable fashion is the future fashion. We has become a waste contributor for so long. Time to take some actions” he mentioned.
It is difficult to imagine how plastic bottles are transformed into fabrics. However, the process to make fabrics from recycled plastic bottles is not a secret since the technology was first invented by the Germans but now you can find the technology from China, Japan and India. With the help of advanced technology, here is a process that can convert plastic bottles into fabrics. First of all the plastic bottles are collected, compressed, packed into bales and shipped to the processing factory. Then, the plastic bottles are chipped and melted into white round balls. These balls are again crushed and spun through shower like nozzle that results into viscose yarn. These yarns are used to weave fabrics and finally end up into a trendy piece of clothing. This process also consumes 30% less energy than garments which are made from conventionally manufactured polyester.
Every year, a massive number of plastic bottles is consumed in Malaysia and most plastic wastes more often than not, ends up in landfills and waterways causing devastating effects on sea life and the well-being of the environment. With proper waste management and cultivating the 3R lifestyle of reducing, reusing and recycling, every small effort creates a foot- print that helps to clean the environment.
“As we all know, plastic bottles takes forever to decompose. Therefore, turning plastic bottles into high quality fabrics will ensure that plastic bottles are given new life and purpose” he added.