An estimation of more than 30 million tons of textile waste are created worldwide every year. Clothing and textile waste has been estimated to be the fastest growing field of waste. Used clothing accounts for approximately 350,000 tonnes of landfilled textiles with a value estimated at £140 million. The remains of garments that are not passed from person to person are being recollected through larger recollecting schemes. An estimation of about 10-30% of these collected garments will be sorted and re-sold in local thrift store and charity shops.The international trade of second-hand clothing has during the past years quickly increased due to rapid circulation of garments as well as an increased value of them.
The Map Dress was found in Hong Kong in 2006. It has since then been used in The Life of a Dress exhibitions as a symbol of the global nature of trading patterns of textile, clothing and fashion. It has been photographed in various places and countries. It has been out for walks in Swaziland, bike rides through the English countryside, waterfall-swims in Brazil, sleeping on the train from Shanghai to Moscow, diving into the sand dunes in the desert of Morocco and sunbathing in Mexico.