Danielle Wong – “You carry the stories of the people that make your clothes”

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

This short film got me thinking about the one of the themes presented in the documentary — manufacturing of needs and desires. It is like an overwhelming reminder that we don’t think about the other parties involved in the production of goods and how they are brought into the market and how it affects society.

This short film is a representation of the modern bourgeois society that often dissociates the relationships that are a part of the production of material goods. In this film, there is a woman getting dressed by the hands of garment workers from around the world. Throughout the clip she does not see the faces of the garment workers until she is ready to leave. As she glances at the mirror for the last time, she realizes -for the first time- who they are and their role in clothing production.

I thought this clip was a great visual representation of what the readings are trying to acknowledge. It makes us consider the things we consume, either food or clothes, and all the ‘hands’ that are involved to produce – whether it is manufacturers in China or the passionate advertising agencies. When we start thinking about the individuals involved, we become more aware and grateful for what we have access to. It brings a sense of awareness and understanding of what we consume and its effect on society. If we were to see all the faces and people who made our garments, do you think it would change the way we buy clothes today?

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Comments
  1. cs341blog says:

    This is a really cool video! I’ve never seen it before. I think it is a great example of how commodities have been completely disconnected from the process and how our society is unaware of how dependent we are on other people around the world. The video further revealed the complex production behind commodities and how they do not just magically appear but touch the hands of many people in order to be consumed. To answer your question Danielle, I think it would be really interesting to see the types of reactions consumers would have to a video like this. I feel that some people might change the way in which they consume products but I feel for the most part people are very preoccupied with buying a product for the best price so I’m not sure if the majority would change their spending choices. That being said, I think spreading awareness on the working conditions of the people in these factories and the amount of energy that goes into the products we consume would still be beneficial. If these types of issues are realized by consumers they might not take the products they consume for granted, which might promote change overtime in regards to outsourcing labour and poor working conditions.

    Anne-Marie

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