What a great time in the sewing world! Fashion Revolution Week is leading us right up to Me Made May. If you haven't spent a small portion of this week thinking about garment manufacturing, I encourage you to do so now!
Many years ago, shortly after I started sewing, I read the book Overdressed (reviewed on my blog here
) which is about fast fashion and the real cost of cheap clothes. Some time after that, I read Women in Clothes (review here
), which contains short stories, poems, and essays from women about their clothing. There was one essay that stuck with me. It was the story of the Rana Plaza collapse
, as told from one of the survivors.
She was trapped in the building for days on end, watching coworkers die around her, hearing the sounds and screams of injured people, and all for what? So Americans could have a closet full of cheap clothes that they don't even wear?
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