Fashion Revolution is encouraging individuals around the world to ask brands “who made my clothes” during the Fashion Revolution Week, held from April 24 to 30, to demand greater transparency and help improve the working conditions and wages of the people who make the clothes.
Fashion Revolution Bangladesh and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have jointly organised an exhibition titled Threads of Change: Celebrating the Lives of Garment Workers.
Inaugurated by Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, the exhibition is running at the Bengal Art Lounge, 60 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka till April 30, starting at 3pm and ending at 8pm on each day.
Nawshin Khair, Country Coordinator, Fashion Revolution Bangladesh, and Farhtheeba Rahat Khan, Team Leader, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation were present at the event.
The exhibition showcases photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer Alison Wright, reflecting the lives of workers from the apparel industry of Bangladesh. About 75 million people work directly in the fashion and textiles industry. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe conditions, with very little pay.
Despite some steps forward since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in 2013 killing 1,138 people, not enough has changed. Inspired by the work SNV has been doing in garments factories all over Bangladesh, the photographs taken by Wright are a reflection of the changes in the lives of garments workers since the development organisation started their project.
Apart from the exhibition, every day there will be film screenings made on various aspects of the RMG industry from 6pm onwards.
Kamar Ahmad Simon’s documentary Testimony of a Thread will be screened today at 6:00pm. Winner of ‘The Asian Pitch Award 2013’, the 52 minutes documentary explores the connecting worlds of hope and despair around the clothing industry, lately marked for man-made catastrophes like the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013.
Besides, two panel discussions will also take place on April 30, 2017, 3:30pm onwards.
Fashion Revolution Week 2017, which takes place worldwide, features events and activities to encourage people to think differently about the clothes they buy and wear and inspire them to make a positive difference.
Fashion Revolution, a non-profit organisation with a presence in more than 90 countries, is a global movement that works for a more sustainable fashion industry, campaigning for systemic reform of the industry with a special focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.