THE SAME CLOTH
What is our relationship with our clothes?
What do our clothes do for us?
Do we know who made them?
What are the working conditions in garment factories?
Do we know what happens to them after we throw them out/donate them?
What power do working class women in Glasgow have to challenge and change the system?
The SAME CLOTH explores Fast Fashion at all stages of production, with a focus on the value of women’s labour and spending power globally as well as the ecological impact of the fashion industry.
This year, we begin the project with a research and development phase where we carry out theoretical research, an exchange of ideas and a sharing before we move into our performance phase in 2023.
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We are working with Mary Beth Graham, Country Co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution (Scotland). Mary Beth is an advocate for transparency, accountability and realisation of human rights in the fashion industry. She specialises in research of the relationship between business and human rights in least developed & developing countries, and the ways this manifests in global textile & clothing supply chains.
We will explore the ways in which women are ‘held hostage’ by the system at all stages in the production, consumption and disposal of clothing. From the harassed working-class mother picking up an outfit in Tesco/Primark and for whom cheap clothing is the only option, to the women and girls in ‘developing’ nations locked into underpaid and dangerous factory work, and on to those in South America whose only employment option is the literally back-breaking work in the used clothing industry. Every one of these women and girls are underpaid and have limited financial resource or power.
We will also examine the environmental impact of the industry and the fact that the materials, dyes and means of production all cause pollution. When clothes are thrown away and shipped en masse to other developing nations, toxic clothing mountains form, polluting the land and bringing serious health threats to those who live there.
We will ask not only ‘who made my clothes?’ but ‘where do my clothes go?’
For more info and to get involved either as a participant, sponsor or partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org