You see the faces on our website of the people who make up Mehera Shaw. They stitch, they knit, they cut, they pattern, they inspect, they pack.
This is the whole bunch of them. We know them each personally. There aren’t that many of them, so it would be strange if we didn’t.
You see their faces, and for each one of them there are many thousands of faces you do not see, and that I do not see, who make clothes, dye fabric, run the machinery in the vast textile mills.
In Delhi and Mumbai
Viet Nam and Cambodia
and unacknowledged places in the U.S and Europe
in conditions that we all regard as an assault
on their basic humanity
And there is so little we can do to change things.
But the little we can do, we should do.
If you look at the faces of our workers and remember the faceless ones, you may have done more than you know.
Because a Revolution in the fashion industry will no doubt be a generational process, and this kind of change starts with recognition.
With knowing what you are seeing.
By remembering the faceless you are also honoring the faces of the ones you do see.
Because in remembering we acknowledge within ourselves that we share a common humanity.
And that one day,
there will no no more of faceless ones.
© 2017 Mehera Shaw