Fashion Revolution Day is on the 24th of April 2014
While we’d all like to think that the clothes we wear was made by someone who was paid a fair wage and did not work under lift-threatening conditions, the truth is scarier than we think. That’s precisely why we are excited about using Fashion Revolution Day as a silver lining to make a positive difference for garment workers not just a few developing countries, but globally.
The anniversary is a reminder that this ghastly incident must not be reduced to an unfortunate tragedy. It was a man-made disaster that could have been averted had authorities realized that the building was at best, a residential premise that was NOT to be used as production factory.
Fashion Revolution Day is not merely a day for labours, garment workers or even ethics. It is YOUR day to empower and get empowered, to work together to prevent future tragedies.
It is a day to ask, ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ and pledge support for better transparency and working conditions across the supply chain, ranging from cotton farmers to machinists.
It’s about working alongside campaigners, traders and fashionistas to shake the collective-consciousness of global fashion marketplace and respect the lives, livelihoods and conditions of people who make our clothes. It’s about giving a voice to providing dignity to those who deserve it the most but are unable to make themselves heard.
We would love to hear your views on twitter, on the 24th of April 2014. Or come down and join us, as we join forces with MADE in Europe on that day! Below are details of where you can come, and join us all!
Until we respect and safeguard the rights of garment workers, it’s only a matter of time until another catastrophe hits the fashion industry. Come join the revolution!
Zina K is the first Ethical Muslim designer to have left high profile,fashion chains, to come up with an ethical brand Zinia K, which is dedicated to empowering the people behind our clothes and garments.
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Details of events
Crepe Shop Cafe Exhibition - Tuesday 22nd - Sunday 27th April)
Photography Exhibition post-collapse that we will be exhibiting at the The Crêpe Shop, 103 Fieldgate Street London E1 1JU http://www.crepeshop.co.uk
Fashion Revolution Day -Thursday 24th April - Anniversary Day 11:00 - 21:00
We will be starting in East London at around 11am. Hitting key places around London (Crepe Shop,Ethical Fashion Forum, TRAID, London College of Fashion, outside Downing Street etc.) and tweeting LIVE! And asking the public 'Who made your clothes?' and ' Why do you want to join Fashion Revolution?
At 1:30pm -2pm We will meet in Oxford Street for a moment of silence with other NGOs for the factory victims and Campaigners will form a human chain along oxford street.
We will end at the 'Tears In The Fabric’ film screening at 8.30pm Regent's University London, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS. All free events, come along to one if you can make it.
You can take a look at full details here: http://www.raisingforrana.com
Modern Day Slave Industry -Sunday 27th April 18:00
THE BIG EVENT! (#fashionrevolution)
A year on from the most devastating modern day factory collapse in Bangladesh Rana Plaza, join us for unique debate looking at the garment industry and ethics in Islam.
Hosted in the heart of the Bangladeshi community and the fashion industry in East London, we bring you experts in their fields to look at consumerism in Islam, ethical clothing and how us as British Muslims have a role in leading the 'fashion revolution' fighting for justice and the rights of the garment worker.
An unprescdented debate not to be missed and chance to ask the questions that will shape the way we as a community will act on this issue
And a preview of a unique documentary looking at Bangladeshi garment industry a year on will also be premiered at the event. Refreshments will be provided.
Free Food. Limited Seats So Book your free tickets Now!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442160906023280/?fref=ts
Life is cheap in some parts of the world (correction, most part) owing to our misguided priorities and the rampant sense of callousness about basic issues like human safety, security and ethics. And when fashion is embroiled in a contentious debate on ethics, morality, workers’ safety and a ‘name behind every garment’, we know that there is much more than meets the eye because it literally concerns a persons life and death.
Are we stretching the issue a bit too far? Not quite, because we’re still struggling to get answers even as we approach the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013 that killed 1,133 garment workers while injuring over 2,500 people.
Fashion Revolution Day will be held on April 24 2014 to mark the anniversary of this heart-wrenching disaster to get us to think about the people who made the clothes we adorn, and under what circumstances. It provokes us to think whether or not our clothes could be a deathbed for millions of innocent workers, globally.
Numbers have a penchant for fascinating us, so let’s discuss some numbers.
·20,000 yearly deaths take place due to pesticide poisoning, many of which happen in cotton agriculture of developing nations.
· Close to 100 million rural homes are involved in the production of cotton spread across 70 nations.
·Around 66% of this cotton is produced in developing countries. What this means is that cotton production is the only source of livelihood for most cotton farmers.
· Many cotton farmers survive on less than USD 2 a day and are NOT able to recover the cost of production.
·The conversion of raw material into clothes involves the use of around 8,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic for workers.
· Retail manufacturing industry is the world’s second most polluting industry.
·According to the WRC (Workers Rights Consortium), it would take USD 3 billion over a period of years to implement decent working standards in Bangladesh’s 4,500-odd factories.
·2 out of 3 fashion entities do not engage their consumers on sustainability.
· As per a poll conducted for the UK-based YouGov/Global Poverty Project, 74% responded said that they could consider paying an extra 5% for their clothes if they were guaranteed that workers were working in decent conditions.
The risks continue
In the end, its more about human lives than it is about numbers. The existing fashion supply chain produces more questions than answers primarily due to its inchoateness on human safety.
Also, fashion leaders are too smart to realise the pitfalls of embracing the exploitation-themed emblem of “Made in Bangladesh”.
It’s not about the risks in one country (Bangladesh, in this case) because factories can be easily moved to another low-wage country where the enforcement record of worker safety conditions is as dubious, if not worse.
Whether it’s India, Cambodia, Vietnam, North Korea or Dubai, a lot of questions remain unanswered when it comes to workers’ empowerment and safety. Deaths happen with alarming regularity and typically go unnoticed because they do not make exciting news.
And we’re not even talking about the disastrous consequences of job losses for millions of Bangladeshi garment workers and machinists if and when factories are shifted elsewhere.
On Fashion revolution day, we are asking you to look at your labels and ask questions to where were these clothes made? Start the conversation with the brands on social media and ask them, what rights do you give the person who made my clothes? Take a picture of the garment with your question or even do 3 sec video and send to them.
As consumers, you hold the most power, to make a powerful impact to eradicate the Modern day slave industry. The power literally is in your hands, go on Facebook, Twitter or email them, and even ask for the name behind your garment.
Ethical fashion was born to give back basic human rights to these modern day slaves, of the modern fashion industry, and the freedom to live. How many more must give their sweat, blood, and tears so that everyone else gets a bargain except them. We know life is unfair, but is it fair that labels have more rights than these humans do. Time for change, time to ask our label owners questions, and time for open dialogue.
One year on: Has there been any change in the garment industry since the Rana Plaza factory collapsed?
On April 24th 2013, Rana Plaza factory collapsed where more than 1,134 people died in the disaster. The architect of the building has said it was designed to house shops and offices rather than factories or industrial equipment, and that three floors had been illegally added to the original building.
Main Uddin Khandaker, head of a government inquiry team, said the generators started up after a power cut, sending powerful vibrations throughout the building, which - together with the vibration of thousands of sewing machines - triggered the building to collapse.: it hadn't been built to withstand the weight or vibrations from the machinery. Over a thousand people died, and over two and a half thousand were injured or disabled . The day before, inspectors had insisted that the building wasn't safe and that it should be evacuated. Supervisors insisted that it was safe, and threatened workers' pay if they failed to show up. Since this tragic accident last year, there have been arrests, riots and worldwide criticism because of the lack of workers' rights within Bangladesh.
Rana Plaza was home to some big names within the garment industry, including Mango, Primark, Walmart and Benetton. After the building collapse, there was uproar within the garment industry, demanding for an increase in workers' rights and safety standards within Bangladeshi factories. An Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was created, and has been signed by thirty eight companies including Debenhams, Mango, and Tesco. Unfortunately, it only covers a third of factories in Bangladesh, meaning that many are still at risk, all for the sake of cheaper clothing and/or greater profit margins. Several American companies – including Walmart – refused to sign the Accord. Instead, they have set up an Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which is more lax than its Accord counterpart, and not as legally binding.
Since the collapse of Rana Plaza, several factories have been inspected, but no structural issues have been found as dramatic as those from Rana Plaza. They have, however, found some problems. These problems are currently being looked into and repaired under the new Accord. By September 2014, inspectors are hoping to have inspected 1,500 factories in Bangladesh. Workers are still struggling to be heard, and to get a fair minimum wage.
Primark have recently agreed to spend an additional £6m in compensation for the families of people working for their supplier(New Wave Bottoms) that died, as well as for the people that were injured in the collapse. It has already paid out £1m for everyone that worked there, including people that did not work for its supplier. Primark has been quick to react and hand out compensation, but sadly, other companies have not. This has lead to concerns in Bangladesh about uneven and late compensation causing unrest. Other companies have contributed towards this compensation, but of undisclosed amounts. It is believed that £24m is needed to fully compensate those affected by the Rana Plaza collapse.
On the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, campaigners are coming together to ask, 'Who made your clothes?' Everyone who wants to take part on Fashion Revolution Day (Thursday 24 April 2014) is being asked to take a picture of themselves wearing an item of clothing inside out, with the hashtag '#insideout'. This will help to raise awareness of where clothing is made, and everyone from cotton farmers to clothing designers are taking part, from over 40 countries. We need to use the power of fashion to be a facilitator for positive ethical transparent change, and rebuild the broken links in the supply chain.
Zinia K is working with MADE in Europe on conducting a week of events on their workers right campaign –‘Every Garment Has A Name’ in April.
'Every Garment Has A Name' campaign wants to seek protection from the immoral and injustice of our own garments by reminding ourselves behind each garment is the name of a person who made it and we must honour their rights and ensure their safety
To show your support attend our Ethical Fashion show in April 2014, and join our mailing list or following us on twitter @Zinia_K to find out more details.
And let us know what you think about the Rana Plaza garment workers, one year on? Followed by
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More info on –‘Every garment has a name’
Step One : To make your own print, you'll need: A Scarf- Thick one works best, freezer paper, scissors, iron, pencil, craft knife, cutting mat, fabric paint, and a foam brush
Step Three: With a hobby knife, I cut out the shapes. Each piece took me time about 20 minutes but that depends on your design and how much you want to print on to your scarf. You can use scissors too but this depends on your design.
Tip: The hobby knife leaves a sharper clean cut of the stencil design.
Step Four : Iron the stencil, the shiny-side down onto the fabric. The freezer paper sticks like magic. Amazing!
Tip: Iron on a very low heat and make sure the scarf does not burn. As I did a few times. It takes a few minutes.
Step Five: Using a foam brush, I painted in the shapes. Be sure to place something protective under the fabric just in case a little paint soaks through like newspaper or old been bag. I used two types of fabric paint, you can use any.
Tip: The fabric paint is washable after you set it with an iron when its dry, which is great! (Wooo Hooo) Don't get over excited and peel off the stencil to early, like some of my students did at my last workshop LOL!
Go make a Cup of Green tea while you wait for the paint to dry.
Step Six: Let the paint dry and then peel off the stencil.
Tip: You can reuse the stencil and do steps 4 and 5 on another scarf.
Please send us pictures of your Upcycled Hijabs/Scarves!
@Zinia_K remember to add #ZiniaKUpcycledHijabs or
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org with your Upcycled scarf.
Have fun creating your own scarves and being more ethical!
World Hijab Day Upcycling Scarf/Hijab Workshop - Saturday 1 February 2014
Date: Saturday 1 February 2014
Venue: MADE In Europe office, 4th Floor London Muslim Centre, 46-92 Whitechapel Road E1 1JQ London
Time: 11am - 2pm
Event Details:On 1 February 2014, Zinia K & MADE In Europe are joining forces with WORLD HIJAB DAY and holding an Upcycling Hijab Printing Workshop.
All you need is to bring an old plain thick Scarf and get ready to get messy all whilst learning new skills and having FUN! Let’s continue our revolution of #UpcylingHijabs Sunnah Style with Ethical Fashion Designer Zinia K on WHD!
World Hijab Day is the creation of New Yorker Nazma Khan, who wanted to encourage non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to wear the hijab for a day and experience what it’s like to do so, with the intention of creating a society of greater understanding.
Zinia K is an up and coming UK fashion designer who is now the UK Ambassador for World Hijab Day. If you are not able to attend this workshop, but would like to attend further workshops, please contact Zinia K below for information on workshops throughout the year.
MADE In Europe is a UK based charity mobilising young Muslims to fight global poverty. All tickets costs will be donated to MADE In Europe.
Purchase tickets of £6 each and reserve your place on the workshop: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-hijab-day-upcycling-hijab-workshop-tickets-10304459917?aff=estw
The BBC are interested in this so we would be very grateful if anyone does decide to hold their own WHD event to let her know so that it can be put up on the website.
You can email : email@example.com with the time, location & a contact for your own event. Or contact her on twitter @zinia_k for any questions.
Sweatshops are a global issue well hidden but due to the more people raising awareness for such a cause this bleak reality for many of the workers can change. This is an aim some year 11 girls hope to achieve and have put together an awareness video which addresses the issue of sweatshops and how you can help.
The campaigners themselves: Nadia Ahmed, Fahima Akhter and Ruhina Begum believe no one should face exploitation at work and are all entitled to fair pay. They aim to give sweatshop workers a voice and want all workers no matter where they are to have the basic human rights. Because if it is not ok here its not ok anywhere!
Please continue to support this Ethical Fashion Campaign and to find out more please visit my YouTube channel to watch a campaign video myself and my fellow campaigners have put together.
Together we can make a change!
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I am Zinia K, this is my first blog and I wanted introduce who I am and what Zinia K is all about. My background is that I am ethical fashion and surface textile designer. I studied my degree at London College of Fashion, and have worked for various high street companies but then became a freelancer. I am also the UK Ambassador for World Hijab Day. I also run Up cycling workshops and teaching people how they can re-love their clothes and accessorizes.
I have 10 years of design experience, and have decided to work with only ethical/sustainable company’s due to lack of very basic human rights workers have, and how much our consumerism is effecting the environment. This why as a British designer, I feel it is my duty to offer consumers a better alternative.This is why I have set up my own ethical fashion label specialising in ethical scarfs / hijabs
I have been doing research into modest clothing for many years, in regards to, is clothing fair trade or ethical, and what is suitable for my lifestyle (My faith). (I will share more on my research in later blog)
We design Scarves for all purposes. We believe that we can do so much with scarves. It is such a beautiful, versatile accessory or statement, which can transform any outfit. We design our own prints to make sure they are fun, current and styles that people want- Zinia K
As a the 1st Muslim Ethical designer, I was fed up looking for scarves, that were not current styles/trends, and or simply the right size. My main aim is to make sure that all the products produced by us are ethically manufactured, from our end of the chain. As a Muslim green consumer, for me the people behind the product are just as important as my clients. That these products are made in fair labour conditions, and right from the start, the people involved get a fair wage, fair treatment and have safe conditions to work in. And that my customers can see the ethical transparency through the chain.
"When you shop consciously, you can change someone's life." - #ZiniaK
As we live in a society that demands that we treat others as we expect to be treated, it is hypocritical of us those that make the products we buy in the shops, to earn so little that they are being exploited. Many countries in Europe have unions, legislation and a regulatory framework to prevent these things happening on our doorstep. Many of the countries where our clothes come from don’t respect their people in the same way. To change this attitude, we should use our purchasing power for the good of everyone in the supply chain rather than thinking of ourselves.
We hope to educate our customers and give them the option to purchase responsible fashionable products and walk away with a clear conscious. Our goal is to make sure that we try to use fabrics which are either Fair-trade or Ethically manufactured.
You may ask why setup an Ethical company and not Fair-Trade? Or what does Ethical Fashion mean? (This is something I will explain in another blog, stay tuned ;)
Zinia K is committed to provide decent conditions for workers and make ethical fashion accessible for the UK and worldwide consumers.
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