Clothes Encounters: Prague’s First Public Wardrobe

Inspired by similar projects in France and Iran, a new clothes sharing initiative asks Praguers to “leave what you want, take what you need”

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 18.04.2016 13:44:42 (updated on 18.04.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

This past February a graffiti version of a public wardrobe appeared on a wall in the Prague district of Těšnov. It was painted over the next day but not forgotten; a real physical wardrobe, filled with clothing, has shown up in an underpass in Modřany.

Photo: Architekti bez hranic / Facebook
Photo: Architekti bez hranic / Facebook

The city’s first public wardrobe, a dual effort between the Freeshop Zdrojovna recycling collective (see our article on their everything-is-free-store here) along with Architects without Borders (Architekti bez hranic), was inspired by similar efforts in Grenoble, France, and in Iran where in recent years people have taken to creating “walls of kindness” to help the homeless.

Photo: Zdrojovna / Facebook
Photo: Zdrojovna / Facebook

The wardrobe debuted in early April as part of an exhibit at Viniční House in Modřany; the exhibit also included upcycled accessories from Trash Hero Praha.

Photo: Architekti bez hranic / Facebook
Photo: Architekti bez hranic / Facebook

Last Tuesday the public closet, bearing the inscription “leave what you want, take what you need,” was installed in the underpass. Organizers will gauge public reaction before expanding into more central areas of Prague.

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