The Stranniki (Russian for Runaways or Wanderers) are the strong Pomorsky Old Believers who rejected prayers for Tsar Peter and all government papers (identification, passports, money, etc). They would not wear clothing contrary to Old Orthodox Russia, nor eat with those of contrary Faith and Practice. Keeping themselves separate from the antichrist society they went far into the Siberian wilderness. This blog is about these people and my effort to conform my life to theirs.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dangerous Apparel

There are many ways in which apparel is unduly dangerous. Right away people might grasp a little bit about what is called being ecologically friendly, but we certainly should not stop there. Beware, even organic cotton can use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. An exorbitantly large percentage of pesticides are used on cotton, even though cotton is a relatively small crop to start with. Just because something is made from what might seem a natural source, like hemp, there are still many ways in which unnatural products enter the appalling manufacturing processes.

Avoid anything with "poly" such as polyester, these automatically come from some industrialization. The word "poly" means made of more than one item, and this idea goes contrary to the way of clothing prescribed by God for His people. If you ask me, any clothing that is considered recycled, in the modern sense of the idea, uses antichrist ways. We most likely do not even know where such materials come from. Nobody should trust anything synthetic, the concept is all wrong to start with. Unfortunately these type of things have wrongly become associated with the idea of sustainability. It is a very confused notion to say the least. All synthetic clothing is coated with formaldehyde which constantly give off plastic vapors against the skin, causing many health problems. It is most harmful to young ones.

Machined items are problematical because they present industrial contaminants in the manufacturing process. At present I do not have the space to weave my own cloth, so I am working on wearing rags such as rough sackcloth . In this way I do not appear to have clothing that is so machined. The situation we are facing around the world is so dismal that I feel like putting ashes all over as well. Speaking for myself, I am happy to make a good point by all this. It makes me glad that no longer am I conforming as much to the ways and practices of this world. Hopefully others will get the hint as well. It may all seem like too much to do, but any long journey begins with the first step. For many people this might be too  hard, but one step at a time and it is possible to overcome all wicked ways. Making things by hand is the way to go if you ask me, and it is a good way to pass the time given to each of us.

Toxic chemicals are everywhere, we should avoid them as much as we can. Especially ones that might come in contact with our skin, like carpeting and even bed sheets, or whatever covering that comes into contact with us. I do not even sleep on a mattress any more, boards or even a large rock is more than acceptable. Many things can be, and often are, deadly poisonous. Cosmetics, which are against the Christian rules anyway, contain terrible chemicals which can enter the blood. Petroleum based fragrances and perfumes are more than a little problematical as well.

 An ancient painting of
the Mother of God
making thread by hand
with a drop spindle.

Modern fashion has become something  way beyond any reason. It always seems to attempt the revealing of sensuality, or at the very least offer clothing that is immodest and contrary to godly principles. The textile industry uses things in their production processes which cause genetic mutations, cancer, abnormal hormone levels, etc. etc. It is a very dirty business that impacts both person and planet.

Many people take it for granted that babies should be soothed with petroleum jelly and mineral oil, washed and shampooed with chemical-based cleansers, fed from plastic bottles and canned foods, swaddled in disposable diapers, surrounded by harmfully scented products and put to sleep in pajamas treated with fire-retardant chemicals. But all these are well known to be very deadly.

If we are just starting to learn what is happening here are some of the more important things to avoid in clothing. Teflon trousers (like the non-iron type), the formaldehyde that is used to prevent shrinkage, petrochemical dyes used for color, chemical clothing softeners, dioxin-producing bleaches as they have volatile organic compounds, Nylon products because they create nitrous oxide, Rayon due to it being made with caustic soda and sulfuric acid, dye fixatives also known as color fast products since they come from heavy metals, Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and can cause cancer, also Acetate and Triacetate are bad news and are in no way to be considered clothing. Do not use conventional dryer sheets, I do not even us a machine dryer, clothes are much better having been dried in the open air after washing. Dry cleaning often uses harmful perchloroethylene.

Cheap clothing might be more costly than we know. Become aware of what is going on these days, it could save your life and those around you. We need to know these things unless we want to be absorbed by all the pollution around. It may seem impractical to throw out our entire wardrobe, but we should at least begin to have a more godly appearance and avoid deadly chemicals that are being thrown at us.