Have you ever stopped to think about how your clothes were made, where they were made and by whom? Most of us probably don’t, we just reach for what we find appealing or what meets our needs and buy it, then wear it. These questions are brought to our attention in Mary Nighy’s short film called Handprint, which you can now view on YouTube. The film is just the beginning of the story of who makes our clothes and what they face in the garment industry worldwide. It makes that dress, blouse, or suit more human and valuable once you get to the end of the video, a sentiment echoed by Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age, who commissioned the film,
“The more I see this film, the more I realize just how important it is for all of us to make the connection with the hands of the real people who make our clothes, we can make a difference to their lives by never forgetting this connection.”
Take a moment to watch the film and really start to ask yourself those questions and think twice about how your clothes are made, where they are made and by whom. Imagine their stories or better yet connect and learn more about those who make your clothes. You can start by reading labels to see where items are made, from there you can follow the garment industry news of those countries.