Archive for February, 2017

March Sewing Rebellion

2017/02/28

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In Your Factory Are The Doors Locked?

One hundred and six years ago on March 25, a fire spread through the cramped Triangle Waist Company garment factory on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little time or opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers.  The public outcry over what was clearly a preventable tragedy brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement and to other groups working to improve women’s and immigrants’ rights in the
workplace.

While American workplace history has changed radically, global garment production workplace conditions have not. Bangladesh the new capital of fast fashion has seen the following disasters:

April 24, 2013: 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. An eight-story factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and killed 1129 people.

November 24, 2012: Dhaka Tasreen Fashions fire. A seven-story factory fire outside of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people, 12 from jumping out of windows to escape the blaze.

September 11, 2012: Karachi, Pakistan, 289 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

As a reminder to put workers first, through out the month of March, Frau Fiber will continue to produce 146 knock off triangle shirt waist blouses.

Cut, Pleat, Stitch. Men’s shirt transformed into a Triangle Shirtwaist Blouse.

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Saturday March 11, 12-4 pm The Center, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s
Saturday March 18, 2:30-4:30 pm, The Main branch of Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Sunday March 19, 5-9 pm, ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s.

Saturday March 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA.
Hosted by Los Angeles Faux Frau’s and Frau Fiber.

Sunday March 25, 2:30-5:30 Building 61, Makers Space, Main Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO  Hosted by Faux Frau Steven Frost

Elon Sewing Rebellion

2017/02/28

Elon University Maker’s Hub, the Department of Art and Art History and local Faux Frau LM Woods,  hosted a Sewing Rebellion on Feb. 21.

Students and Faculty produced East German Shopping Bags, Boulder Bike Caps, Mend America patches and did some mending.

Photographer: Emily Genzer

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