Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Fashion Revolution Day

Anyone who has ever attempted/succeeded in making an item of clothing will be aware of the level of skill that is needed and the time it takes.  I have tried and failed to sew a skirt.  I have knitted 4 successful cardigans and 2 unsuccessful ones and a few scarf's and gloves. I have a distinct  memory of being awake at 3 pm in, tears unpicking a row of stitches, feeling so frustrated that I didn't understand the pattern.  In general it takes me a couple of months to knit a cardigan, now that's a very long time!

In our current frenzy for fast fashion it's easy to forget the work that goes into making a piece of clothing.  It's easy to not care for our clothes because we know it's cheap and easy to replace them.  The fact that clothes are rarely made in the UK means it's easy ignore the people who made our clothes and conditions in which our clothes were made in.

The 24th April is Fashion Revolution Day.  To join in all you need to do is take a selfie and post it on social media, showing your clothing label,l (it's easy to do this by wearing your clothes inside out) and ask the brand 'who made my clothes'.  Use the hash tags #whomademyclothes and #fashrev.

You could even start early and ask a few brands.  The date is significant, the 24th April is the second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza where 1133 people were killed and 2500 were injured, most of whom were garment industry workers. 

So April 24th are you in? let us say thank you to the garment workers who made our clothes.  I look forward to seeing your images on social media. 

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