Manchester craftivists take up needle and thread to combat ‘ugly side of fashion’ with sweatshop protest
There’s nothing like the buzz of hitting the high street on payday and treating yourself to a new outfit or two having survived another month at work.
The temporary high of a new evening dress, pair of heels or clutch handbag that you plan to wear on Saturday night makes the long hard graft you’ve put in during the week seem much more worthwhile.
But what if Saturday night’s outfit was made by someone who works 14-16 hours a day, seven days a week for just £25 a month?
What if that £25, the average price of a basic dress in most high street stores, had to support a family where the living wage is calculated at £45 a month?
On top of dismal pay conditions would you be happy to know that the person who made your dress worked in cramped and hazardous conditions which often lead to work injuries or death?
Perhaps that bargain buy doesn’t seem all that great anymore…