Goods Worth the Wait: The Slow Fashion Movement and Why We are Part of It
I remember watching a documentary in college about the fashion industry. The movie, China Blue, follows employees of a jean factory in China. It was an abrupt wake-up to what really goes into the $17 pair of jeans I was buying. It changed the way I shopped: I could no longer avoid envisioning the person behind those jeans who was living hours away from their family in cramped conditions and still not making enough money to create a future for themselves.
The idea behind fast fashion hinges on our demand for cheap goods. As long as we can purchase a t-shirt and afford groceries, we are able to justify the t-shirt only lasting a season. What we often don’t see is the hidden cost: the cost to a person’s quality of life.
This is one of the many reasons Amsha is part of the slow fashion movement. As the Center for Strategic Leadership in Sustainability puts it*, “Slow Fashion producers recognise that they are all interconnected to the larger environmental and social system and make decisions accordingly.”
For Amsha, this means creating jewelry and goods that are made from repurposed items so we aren’t increasing our impact on the environment. It means employing artisans from their homes so they can create a future for themselves and their community. It means sharing their work with you so you can be part of social change. The slow fashion movement is about valuing people over objects. Just as carefully as you choose the elephant soapstone bowl because it reminds you of your trip to India, or the brass earrings because they’ll look amazing on your sister, we carefully follow the journey through which these pieces are created. In a time when our money really does cast our vote, we hope you’ll cast one in favor of people over fast fashion.
Author: Sonya is our resident blogger. She is a writer and craft beer enthusiast who has studied in Africa and worked passionately for schools and nonprofits. Her mantra (and daily reminder on her phone) is “write every day" because it's the only way to get better.