An overlooked gold mine

What is dead stock fabric?

Dead stock fabric refers to unused or excess fabric that was manufactured or purchased but never used for its intended purpose. This type of fabric is typically considered surplus. Dead stock fabric can result from factors such as overestimation of material needed, canceled orders, and changes in design.

Why is dead stock fabric a problem in in the fashion industry?

Dead stock fabric is a by-product of the fashion world being locked in the vicious fast fashion cycle of over production and over consumption. In order to cater to fast fashion’s ever increasing clothing demands, manufacturers often end up with excess fabric inventory that cannot be used to make clothing simply because the particular ‘trend’ or design preference has changed. Typically, such dead stock fabric is stored in warehouses or factories where it lies ‘dead’ until it can be sold off to wholesalers or retailers. However, like most other clothing these days, this fabric usually ends up in a landfill – with the added disadvantage of never having been used.

What are the benefits of using dead stock fabric? How can dead stock fabric be used in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner? How does dead stock fabric fit into sustainable fashion?

Dead stock fabric is an overlooked resource that can revolutionize the way we view clothing production. Usage of dead stock fabric can play a vital role in shaping a more eco-conscious future for the fashion industry and take us a step closer to responsible fashion practices.

Utilizing dead stock fabric in clothing production offers numerous advantages both for the environment and for businesses.

By repurposing existing fabric that would otherwise go to waste, designers can reduce their environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry. Incorporating dead stock fabric into fashion collections also allows for unique and limited-edition pieces that stand out in a market saturated with mass-produced items. It promotes creativity and innovation while supporting ethical practices in the industry.

From a business perspective, incorporating dead stock fabric into collections can help brands save costs on raw materials while appealing to consumers who are increasingly seeking ethically produced and environmentally friendly clothing options. This trend toward sustainability not only aligns with consumer values but also positions brands as forward-thinking and socially responsible entities in the competitive fashion market.

How do you incorporate dead stock fabric into your wardrobe?

Integrating dead stock fabric into your wardrobe is a sustainable and stylish choice. By choosing garments made from dead stock fabric, you not only contribute to reducing textile waste but also add unique pieces to your collection. Embrace the inherent exclusivity of dead stock fabric, knowing that you are supporting eco-friendly practices in the fashion industry.

Check out Sway’s Boketto collection which is crafted from dead stock silk chiffon – allowing you to enjoy the beauty and luxury of silk while being kind to the planet. Many pieces from our Glamazon collection are similarly crafted from dead stock silks, rayons and viscose, allowing you to build a diverse wardrobe without punishing the planet.


While dead stock fabric may have once been considered a burden on the fashion industry, its potential for contributing to sustainable practices has brought about a new perspective. Dead stock fabric can now play a crucial role in sustainable fashion by reducing waste and promoting resource efficiency, conscious consumption and responsible production methods.

By leaning towards clothing made of dead stock fabric, we not only prevent perfectly good materials from ending up in landfills but also give them a new life and purpose. Embracing dead stock fabric allows both makers and buyers to reduce their fashion carbon footprint. With each garment created using dead stock fabric, we take one step closer towards a more conscious and harmonious relationship with our planet.