Transfer of Ownership
Giving a garment to someone else is sometimes a straightforward and
spontaneous act. At other times a transfer of ownership is more
circuitous. Periods of overlapping ownership often intensify resource
use and stud a garment’s story with memories.
“Well I’ve brought this shirt I’m wearing and also this necklace. They were both gifts. That’s why they’re important to me. The necklace was a gift from my sister and this shirt, it was given by this special friend who was leaving London and loved this shirt but it didn’t fit him very well so he didn’t want to donate or to take it with him, so he gave it to me. The shirt was too big for him I think and it is much too big for me, but I think it fits me well so we were both happy.”
London - December 2012
Photograph by Tim Mitchell