B shared this video from the Wall Street Journal with me today: WSJ series - Moving upstream: How sewing robots may put humans out of work
The sewing and textile industry has always been an amazing utilitarian and artistic venture while simultaneously being one that often abuses, underpays, and mistreats its employees, who are, and have historically been, predominantly women. In New York City in 1911, 145 workers died in the The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire ~ a sweatshop that employed about 600, mostly non-English speakers, who worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $15.000 per week. There were 4 elevators in the building; only one worked. The fire escape was narrow and dilapidated. One exit door was locked and the other opened inwardly. When the fire started in a box of rags, the manager discovered the fire hose was rotten and the water valve rusted shut.
Sadly, I'm not sure 'we've come a long way baby'! Although the fashion industry has provided families, through the employment of the women in them, a wage that lifts them out of the most devastating poverty, these women remain frequent victims of demanding work quotas in poor working conditions for very little pay. They are often illiterate, lacking in education generally and math in particular. As the video at the top notes, today in Bangladesh, these women are lucky to make $164.00 per month. As if that were not enough, here come the machines and bots - machines that can knit a sweater for Zara faster than human hands. The video details machines used in a Japanese prison where workers with as little as one day of training create guard uniforms. In Arkansas and Japan completely automated bots are being developed to sew a variety of garments. Check out the video to see how machines sew perfect pockets and distress your latest jeans!!!
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We can do better! Let's start now!!! Sew and live chaotically! ~ les