Check out this excellent interactive documentary from The Guardian. If you’ve ever wondered where your clothes come from or what the issues are for the people involved in textile production around the world, this will give you some insights in a very creative, interactive way.
This exploration in video, photographs and words gives a window into the lives of ordinary Bangladeshis who are just trying to survive. It illustrates the reasons I am motivated to try to connect with (the mostly) women who work in Fair Trade cooperatives in Bangladesh, and why I am so keen to know the story behind textiles I use.
By way of comparison, Fair Trade and Not for Profit or Cooperative style organisations provide their textile producers with better working conditions and pay and more security with other safety nets that we take for granted- like emergency health or retirement payments. Producers are provided with work that helps sustain traditional arts and textile production, without them having to leave their homes, local areas and families in order to earn an income.
We can all make a difference with our consumer dollar by seeking out clothing and textiles that are made using these ethics. We have the choice to be part of a story that offers life and hope for textile producers!!