This week marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, when 1138 people were killed and many more injured. There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza, all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women.
Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry, set up in response to this devastating loss of life.
Having gained momentum rapidly since the first Fashion Revolution Day in 2014, the campaign is now the world's largest fashion activism movement. It aims to "unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way."
Fashion Revolution encourages people to ask brands "who made my clothes?" - so, who made your Gold is a Neutral bag?
Our What's in the Details page lists out the who-what-where of all our bag components - our aim has always been to celebrate the farmers, spinners, weavers, makers, tailors at every point in the production chain. Under our Artisans tab you can meet all the incredibly talented craftspeople who made the White Desert Collection textiles in Kutch!
And who assembled your bag? It was stitched together with love in Bangalore, south India, by the talented team at JW Productions, with whom I was fortunate enough to spend several Fashion Revolution Days in person. This year I'm sad to be further away, but have loved catching up with the team remotely about the continuing impact the fair fashion movement has on their lives.
What does having a fairly-paid job mean you can do for your family?
It helps to maintain the family, pay for house rent, and educate our children.
How has working here impacted your personal life?
We have made friends, we have good communication, flexibility in our timing and above all a caring environment.
If you have worked in a regular garment factory before, what is different between that and here?
There, we worked only on one piece at a time - for example, sleeves, collars, buttonholes - all day. At JW we are able to complete the whole garment ourselves which is better for our tailoring skills and much more interesting.
Why do you think it's important that people wear ethically made clothes?
Because they are made in a safe, clean and familiar environment.
If you weren't working here, what would you be doing?
I would be at home, taking care of the house and my children.
What do you like best about your job?
Flexible timing, a big variety of stitching projects, good quality standards and customer satisfaction!
What are your career goals?
I want to run my own business.
I want to finish my education.
I want to support my children to finish their education.
I want to become a sample tailor.
It means a lot to me that I know exactly who made your bag - it's at the core of how I have always wanted to work and do business. There is so much more I hope to contribute towards the much-needed Fashion Revolution as Gold is a Neutral grows - thank you for your support!