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'Who made my clothes?'

  • Published at 08:27 pm April 25th, 2018
'Who made my clothes?'
Fashion Revolution, a charitable movement in the UK, started five years back after the collapse of Rana Plaza. The international movement deals with sustainability, transparency and ethics in the fashion industry, and is funded by private foundations, institutional grants, commercial organizations and donations from individuals. This year, they have come up with ‘Bangladesh Ethical Fair’ where their emphasis is to inform the world about how their attires are being sourced, produced and purchased, and also to make sure that the process of all this is done in a safe, clean and fair environment. The four-day event, which commenced on April 24 ends on April 27, is being held at the capital’s Bengal Boi. The impact of the movement is growing stronger with millions of people responding to the slogan “Who made my clothes?” Around 100 countries are now involved in this movement. The events are being held in all of these countries this week. They also want to bring ‘buying conscious behaviour’ for the consumers, where they suggest that people should buy as many clothes as needed, which will reduce wastage. Greater wastage results in greater degradation of the environment. Every year, Fashion Revolution comes up with something different, whether through an exhibition or through a training event to generate awareness, transparency, and women empowerment. Their tag line is “We want to see fashion become a force of good, not evil.” Nawshin Khair, Managing Director of Aranya, says, “We chose Bengal Boi as a venue of the event because we wanted to capture the young generation’s interest and since ‘Bengal Boi’ was launched, we have seen a huge crowd of young generation keeping the place busy.” The stalls: CORR-The Jute Works: CORR-The Jute Works has been making handicraft products in Bangladesh for 43 years and is also a pioneer member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Their employees include 5,000 female workers. 40% of their products are made of jute, including products like scarf, pottery, bags and home decorations. Jothashilpa: Jothashilpa is mainly known for its handmade crafts and artworks. It was started by the artist, Shawon Akand. They are known for their unique products like notebook made of tant, ornaments made of gamcha and stationery decorated with rickshaw art. They are gradually making progress in the fashion industry. DEW Crafts: DEW Crafts is a recognized Certified Guaranteed Fair Trade Organization. They work with farmers, to make and export organic products. The organization makes baskets of different sizes, have special ‘Nakshi Kanthas’ and also comprises of designed cups. Oporajeo: Oporajeo was established in 2013 to provide job opportunities to the Rana Plaza survivors and it is also the joint coordinator of the Bangladesh Fashion Revolution campaign in Bangladesh. They make specialized jute and cotton products, including bags and handloom attires. The artifacts are also shipped to different European countries. MIB Spirit-Made In Bangladesh: This organization ignites the feeling of local wisdom. Their focus is on making travel accessories, especially bags using sustainable resources. Hand Touch: Hand Touch emphasizes on preserving traditional heritage with their handloom works including products like mat, scarf, home decor and sarees. Their production unit is in Panchagarh where they made ‘tant’ popular. Living Blue: Living Blue is a co-ownership venture where the Indigo farmers are the shareholders. All of Living Blue’s products are blue in colour, and include fashion accessories like scarfs, quilts, and newly included apparels, where 90% of their revenue is generated from export. Thanapara Swallows: They can be stated as the guaranteed certified members of fashion revolution. Women artisans sew the clothes. Thanapara Swallows is inspired by the 1971 war that has an interesting story to tell. Khut: It is a newly organized shop and is mostly known for their tant and printed sarees. There is also scarf, colourful tops and children wear and also has a variation of jewelries. Their vibrant home décor stands out, too. B Craft Initiatives: What makes this social business unique is their tribal jewelries and their work with jamdani craftswomen. Aranya: It is a pioneering organization which mainly focuses on products with natural dye. They have a range of lifestyle products, clothing and accessories and are currently working with around 3,000 artisans.