‘Made in Bangladesh’ has become an instantly recognizable symbol. But what springs to mind when you read these words in the collar of your H&M shirt?
The media in the West tends to present a grim, one-dimensional picture of garment factories: women crouched over sewing machines working long hours for low pay for unscrupulous employers whose negligence leads to disasters such as the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, which killed 1,135 people and left thousands more injured.
That is part of the truth, but it is not the whole story. The rise of factory work has also brought radical changes and new freedoms, creating new social classes and shaking up habits and lifestyles.
We wanted to hear about some of these changes, directly from the factory workers who are living through this period of rapid industrialization.
We Make Your Clothes is an interactive storytelling platform that tells the stories of the garment workers of Bangladesh. In a fast-fashion store design layout, users can explore the stories of the factory workers.
To give the project more unity, I also created a fictional fast fashion logo, inspired by major brands.