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What is Fashion Revolution?
The Fashion Revolution movement is a collaborative experience to encourage all of us to ask one vital question ‘Who made my clothes’? The mission is powerful, to create an industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure, it encourages individuals to make this happen. When we know where and how our products are made, we become better equipped to make responsible choices for both people and planet.
How we take responsibility
slumwear108 is part of a slow clothing model that values purpose along with profit, our recycled silk sari and naturally dyed garments are co-created with former street youths and impoverished women in Jaipur. We design and craft our products through vocational education and training programs wholly owned by NGO I-India. Many of the workers, who are more like brothers and sisters to us, have experienced some of the most extreme human rights abuses on earth, our primary purpose is to demonstrate that there are other ways of treating people and planet to sustain livelihoods.
I-India introduced us to Santoosh two years ago, a young woman who had been crippled by the effects of polio, like millions of slum dwellers she needed work. Kath showed Santoosh how to make our silk fabric beads and soon she was teaching other youths around her. These beautiful beads have come a long way from that day and sales have helped support dignified work for many. But what we really want our consumers to know is that the day we met Santoosh, Kath and I didn’t see a crippled girl, nor a desperate person or even someone who may otherwise beg for a living, we simply saw a creative, we saw another human being just like us, who wanted to make something for the betterment of herself and others, she exuded vitality and this is what we wanted to honour.
In the field of social justice it is far more prevalent for change making organisations to campaign about our differences, it will divide everything on gender, income, race, religion and so forth – but The Possibility Project believes it is much more powerful to create change by honouring and valuing what we have in common with each other, our creative spirit, a place within us all that connects us to each other. When you ask ‘Who made my clothes’? We want people to meet far more than the physical maker, we encourage people to see beyond each other’s differences, because when we unite rather than divide we also expand our ability to solve problems.
Serving the movement
Slow clothing is a broad description of innovative, transparent, environmentally conscious and slow moving processes that enhance a dignified connection between producers and consumers. Fashion Revolution encourages slow clothing solutions. We have established Sparrow Sanitation with I-India as our way of serving this connection. It works like this, We design our socially conscious products at home, we then personally source incredible recycled silk saris and hand dyed fabrics, we provide I-India some guidance to transform our designs into slumwear108 products. We sell these products through markets and our innovative social justice engagements and profits go to support the development of Sparrow Sanitation, our sanitation and wellbeing project with I-India. As part of the grassroots ‘remuneration’ package, women and girls in the care of I-India are now able to access free sanitary pads (a lifesaving alternative in many cases) and a menstrual education program designed by I-India to help remove the shame surrounding this natural part of being a woman. It truly is a powerful way to ‘fashion’ change.
Our exceptionally talented pattern maker - Emily Hundt - @InTheFolds
Revolutions must change the game, we don’t throw up desperate pictures of old ways of doing things, we do not believe this scarcity mindset transforms. We prefer to unite people and processes and show the interconnection between us all. We have a growing depth of local artisans and creatives in the fashion industry whose contributions need to be valued, so our revolution is to unite everybody in helping to show what is great in our world.
With change you can always change back, but transformations take revolutions!
It is true that people want to change, but not if it means changing, even when we know that change is necessary for the greater health of people and planet. Earlier this year we sat with a group of mothers who assist in the production of slumwear108, we asked what is the one essential thing that would help transform their lives (to make sure that whatever it was, it would be a part of our project), the answer was simple, ‘attitudes need to change’, everybody (including the mothers) needed to be open minded to the possibility of doing things differently, only then are the conditions for transformation realised. We can’t have a revolution if people do not think it possible. Everything we do at The Possibility Project is aimed at peacefully disrupting conventional ways of thinking and doing, we invite you to be a part of this. You can start by asking #WhoMadeMyClothes and hopefully the answer is full of love.