As a maker, and someone who understands the craft of sewing and has an appreciation for the art behind fashion, I thought it would be crazy of me to have learned about Fashion Revolution and the event that sparked the movement, and not share.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rana Plaza incident here’s some info on what happened:

On April 24th 2013 Rana Plaza in Bangledesh collapsed. It was an eight story building that collapsed on factory workers in the garment industry. 1,134 people were killed and 2,500 were injured.  The building contained apartments, a bank, shops and a garment factory. On April 23rd cracks in the building drew alarm from the shop owners, the whole building was evacuated and all businesses on the first floor closed due to structural damage to the plaza. The owner of the factory ignored the closings and the cracks and ordered all of his workers (an estimated 5,000 people) back into the building  the next day, with the threat of one month’s pay being withheld for anyone who decided not to return to work. During morning rush hour, the building collapsed. It was estimated that at least 7 major American brands used that factory for production.

Later reports would show :

  1. the building was structurally unsound, having been built on a pond
  2. the factory was not permitted to be built upon the first floor, and even further, 4 additional floors were added and not permitted.
  3. the weight of the machinery, vibrations of generators etc. could have contributed to the cracks since the building was not meant to for industrial use.
  4. More than half of the deaths were women and children

In response to this tragedy Fashion Revolution was born as an attempt to bring a greater awareness to buyers of fashion (specifically fast fashion) as to where their clothes were made and how they were made. Fashion Revolution believes “… that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way. Where creativity, quality, environment and people are valued equally.”

This week,” April 18-24th, Fashion Revolution Week will bring people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories.”

Be sure to look for the #Imadeyourclothes hashtag on social media to hear the stories of the people that make your clothing and accessories. If you’d like to join in the movement, post a pic of yourself wearing your clothing inside out displaying the tags with the hashtag #whomadeyourclothes. (Click the image below to see some great examples.)

I’m glad to be taking part in this movement and will be posting my “I Made Your Clothes” pic on social media this week as well.

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To hear a great interview with the co-founder of Fashion Revolution, Orsola de Castro via the Conscious Chatter Podcast : CLICK HERE



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