Fashion Revolution Week and Sewing Café Lancaster
Fashion Revolution Week is an annual campaign initiated by Fashion Revolution, a global movement calling for a more transparent fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity, and profit, in equal measure. During this week consumers demand transparency, using social media they ask their brands #whomademyclothes. Brands, retailers and producers likewise make use of #Imadeyourclothes to create an awareness around their supply chain and promote ethical practice.
Fashion Revolution and its #whomademyclothes campaign was born on 24th April 2013, the day of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, a collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh which killed 1138 people and injured many more. This makes it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The factories in Rana Plaza manufactured clothing for big global brands.
The initiative takers and main organisers of Fashion Revolution Week Lancaster 2018 were the Sewing Café Lancaster fronted by Victoria Frausin, local textile activist and organiser of the Sewing Café Lancaster, and Thea Nygaard, a Lancaster University Management School student. You can read Thea's reflections on the week on this blog
Sewing Café Lancaster is a community group that advocates for ethical clothing and textiles, with ‘pop-up’ educational activities and sewing classes to re-establish a ‘make-do-and-mend’ culture. It is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a mix of events in Lancaster to explore and engage with the current state of the fashion industry and identify ways to change it. This includes talks, workshops, film screenings, clothes swaps and resource-sharing, along with regular mending and sewing sessions in public spaces. The Sewing Café runs regular mending, making and knitting workshops that focus on skill sharing and aim to support local community projects. Their activities also include the Sewing Circle, a weekly drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers. Along with sewing, mending, embroidering and knitting, they provide clothes in good condition, donated by the community, and tea and cake in a very relaxed and friendly environment. The Sewing Circle initiative is part of the Global Link Charity, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and has the support of 12 volunteers. Besides this, the Sewing Café Lancaster shares information about the clothing industry and about their relevant events online and via leaflets.
Stay in touch with Sewing Café Lancaster on social media and look out for events for Fashion Revolution Week 2019!
The Pentland Centre supported Fashion Revolution Week 2018 financially and via staff time.