India

For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

Many often seek out items that they wear and use in their home to tell a story, but often the story is told through the purchaser – rather than through the product itself. For Aiayu,…

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13 People Killed in Fire at Illegal Garment Factory in India

Photo by Chandan Khanna for AFP At least 13 workers have died after a fire broke out at a suspected illegal garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi in India on Friday morning. Local…

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India's Children Are Dying for Your Sparkly Eye Shadow

India has a “blood mica” problem. Deep within the South Asian nation’s off-the-books “ghost” mines, children as young as 5 toil alongside adults to pick…

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Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

HISTORY MATTERS In its two years of existence, the brand has since expanded from pants to include blouses, jumpsuits, rompers, and scarves. Yet its ethos has never wavered.…

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Watch "Living Wage Now," a Documentary About the Struggles of Asian Garment Workers

You won’t find any easy answers in Living Wage Now. Indeed it’s the issues it poses that makes the 32-minute documentary essential viewing. Produced by the Asia Floor Wage…

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Continental Clothing's "Fair Share" Line Aims to Deliver a Living Wage

A living wage is a human right, and Continental Clothing, for one, wants its workers to get their deserved share. Together with BSD Consulting and Switzerland’s Fair Fashion…

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Photos by EU2016NL The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and…

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H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a…

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Top 7 WTF Fashion, Beauty Stories of 2015 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

For more reasons to clutch your head like a stunned monkey, check out the worst stories of 2014…

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India's Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

The concept of upcycling has only just begun to gain traction in the couture fashion industry in India, and Kriti Tula is leading the way. Every piece from her label ‘Doodlage’ is…

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Mumbai Designers Give Local Taxis Dazzling Textile Makeovers

COLORFUL CABS “It’s believed that older generations don’t understand it or recognize it as a proper profession or something worth studying; design to them, just…

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Nearly Half a Million Children Toil in India's Cottonseed Fields

A new report by the Stop Child Labour Coalition and the India Committee of the Netherlands has revealed that 60 percent of cotton seed farm laborers in India are children. Appropriately…

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Life-Saving Dot: A Bindi That Delivers Vital Nutrition to India's Women

The bindi, a common ornamental mark that many women in India wear, is now helping save lives. Women in rural India often suffer from many illnesses and nutritional deficiencies, one of…

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Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving…

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Katharine Hamnett: "I Want to Sell as Much Organic Cotton as Possible"

“One thousand cotton farmers die everyday from pesticide poisoning or suicide debt; that is more deaths per day than in all the wars going on across the world put together, and it…

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India,…

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H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor

H&M has blacklisted a southern Indian textile mill following allegations of rampant labor- and human-rights abuses in the the country’s garment hub of Tamil Nadu. Flawed…

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"RiverBlue" is an Upcoming Film That Explores the Dark Side of Denim

What is the fashion industry—and we humans, by extension—doing to the planet? There’s been a lot of talk about “fast fashion” in blogs and in the popular press and its impact…

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