Umbrellas as Fashion
One way in which people have reused broken umbrellas, is by stripping the fabric and creating water proof items from them. Jackets, hand bags and even doggie clothes have been designed reusing umbrella fabric.
The Recycling Zychal eco-company was created by Taryn Zychal, who first got into the business when buying a used umbrella at a thrift store because she liked the print. Upon returning home, she found the umbrella was broken so she fashioned a doggie jacket out of the material for her pet. Collecting more umbrellas she launched her own creative business in 2009 through Etsy and now makes her reused umbrella fabric creations for pets full time.
To the left is Taryn's 4 Toned Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat. You can check out her other umbrella fabric creations at Recycling Zychal (www.etsy.com)
Beyond cute and durable pet fashion, people have also made clothes for humans out of umbrella material. HIMANE is one design group who converts umbrella fabric into skirts, dresses and durable handbags. One of their most popular handbags created from an old umbrella is called the Go Bag. You can view this product and their entire collection from their main web page at: www.himane.com.
If you want to create your own umbrella fabric eco-fashions, a great site to visit with various patterns that can be converted is called www.Burda Style.com.