Photos by Robin Prime for Craftivist Collective
The Crafivist Collective is fighting fashion with fashion, by launching a campaign of hand-cross stitched miniature banners that plea with the fashion industry to stop using sweatshop labor. Led by Sarah Corbett, the campaign joins the War on Want’s Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops movement that pushes for worker’s rights in unsafe conditions in fashion sweatshops around the globe. The expertly fashioned banners may be small, but their message is big: no garment is worth risking the safety and life of an underpaid worker.
The miniature protest banners were conceived as a way to attract the attention that protest signs simply cannot, by appealing to the design side of the fashion lover, and stop them in their tracks with a bold message. The hand-sewn signs are hung around London and Manchester near popular high street stores that still utilize sweatshop labor, like TopShop and Gap. The signs, adorably decorated, also bring awareness to details like the unlivable wages, unsafe working conditions and long hours each textile worker undergoes to make a reasonably priced Top Shop dress. In light of April’s tragic Bangladesh factory building collapse that killed 1000 workers, the collective is churning out their protest pieces with more vigor.
The mini signs appear regularly in shopping areas, but the Craftivist Collective is also gearing up for London’s Fashion Week 2014, where they plan to have a big presence. Interested crafters can get in touch with the collective, and stitch their own pieces to help the cause.