Here Today Here Tomorrow has been working with Fair Trade artisan since 2011. It is never just one person who designs or makes clothing or accessories, it is a whole chain of people working both together and separately. We recognise the importance of valuing each person in the process and of building strong relationships based on trust and respect, which helps understanding from one person to another. Humans make clothes, not machines, machines are just the tools we use. Once we begin to understand this we value and appreciate so much more the clothes we wear.
Our fabulous knitters in Nepal sent us this picture, sporting HTHT knitwear pieces they have helped us develop. We try to visit Nepal every year to work with this talented group of craftspeople, to ensure we have personal connections with them and so that we can say with confidence we know the people who make our clothes earn a fair wage, are treated with respect and enjoy many other benefits of fair trade. More details here.
Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to recognise the gross inequalities and malpractice that exist in the fashion industry, to show solidarity with those campaigning for change and to champion brands that show fairer and more sustainable approaches are possible.