i learned to sew when i was young. it opened the flood gates on my creativity! i loved to be able to imagine something, think about how to construct it, and then be able to make my thoughts into something concrete. doll clothes, dolls, and then clothes for myself formed in my hands.
i learned that my aunt sewed levis jeans for her job, and she was suddenly even more admired! i mean, jeans!! in history class, i learned about the triangle shirtwaist factory. i never forgot the name or the image in my head of 600 women inside that factory terrified of the consuming fire. one hundred forty-six women died. we learn about this event that happened in 1911, because it resulted in laws made to protect workers' safety in the usa.
two years ago today 1100 people died while making clothing in a factory at rana plaza in dhaka, bangledesh. this was an event that caught the world's attention because of its magnitude, and because the clothing made there filled stores in our neighborhoods. will students be learning about rana plaza in history class someday? will it have inspired real change? change starts with me, my choices, my wallet, my voice.
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time