‘Textiles constitute an interface between the permanent and the vulnerable, the resilient and the delicate, the public and the intimate’ (Kousidi 38). While this idea may lend itself to numerous interpretations, in this context, it was representational of how people establish their environments within the dire constructs of poverty and overpopulation. ‘[In reality,] [t]he most interesting responses to the global urbanization
crisis emerge from [the situations of] scarcity rather than abundance’ (Contal 9). Therefore, informal settlements, or slums, have inspired the exploration of the varying repetitions, densities, and rhythms found within the unconfined architectural grids and cultural expressions of the urban Third World. Due to these requirements, the creation of the dobby and jacquard fabrics became dependent on breaking the confines of what a
loom requires and placed the textiles within the new genre of interior fabrics that differ in degrees of functionality. As a result, based on the unconventional aesthetic qualities of informal settlements, Urban Deterioration created hybrid fabrics that extend what is possible within the patterns and surfaces of woven textiles.