‘Last December 10th was held the Human Rights Day, and therefore, we want to dedicate this post to the women that sewed and fought’.
Since the textile revolution, the struggle for labour rights started by women. We all have in mind the typical black and white photo of women who fought for better conditions. From the workers’ struggle something improved in those rich countries, but it didn’t last long because years later, with the emergence of neoliberal economics and free trade, offshoring production was established.
The first sports brands were the first to produce in poor countries to reduce costs. This trend gradually grew and countries like China, Morocco and Bangladesh, among others, began to create very seductive clothes for the first world forgetting fundamental rights in what appeared to be poor countries and, therefore, fragile countries.
Currently, there are several organizations, campaigns and NGOs that monitor this situation, but governments and large multinationals don’t join enough efforts and simply create marketing campaigns to “clean their image” before their consumers.
We are aware that the current situation won’t change before long, in recent years we know that there is a trend towards a more respectful awareness and denunciation trying to make things right.
From Slow Artist, we are committed to respect and transparency in the way we work. One of our pillars when tailoring comes from the hand of our workshop Apuntadas, we have freed those women from oblivion by giving today’s women the opportunity to get ahead.
Apuntadas was born from the non-profit association PRM-Programa de Reinserción (Reintegration Programme), which runs workshops in sewing training targeting women at risk of exclusion, and that since its inception incorporated product design and commercialization from a business vision, favouring professionalization of women and the sustainability of the projects.
Therefore, and in this situation, we prefer to recall the image of all those mothers, grandmothers and aunts sewing confidences happily and refuse seeing the image of today’s women in clandestine workshops.