Hey guys, happy February and welcome to another Fashion Factfiles blogpost!
The Fashion Factfiles is where we expose the brutal realities of the garment industry, the side that the big corporations and big names in fashion work hard to hide behind ‘girl power’ tees and ‘look at us recycling omg we do care’ campaigns.
This month we’ll be highlighting an issue that many may not be familiar with, but is absolutely horrific and heartbreaking: the Sumangali System.
WARNING: Content regarding sexual abuse and suicide throughout.
Hey guys! Happy October and welcome to another monthly exposé!
This month I am exposing a worldwide fave, a multinational corporation that brings joy and cavities to people of all ages…
Can’t lie, I’m not surprised by the content I found regarding their corrupt past and present. However, I am really quite shocked by the extent to which CC has destroyed lives all around the world. Article after article, there’s a lot to take in.
In order to make this a bit more digestible, I’ve summarised everything to the best of my abilty, and provided links if you’d like to find out more.
Today I went to visit Oitij-jo Collective’s first exhibition;
an exploration of Bangladeshi Nakshi stitching and Khadi material with
designer Rukia Ullah and the ethical and sustainable fashion designer
Shama Kun. Seeing Bengalis out here not just embracing our culture, but doing so through ethical and sustainable means is the BEST THING EVAR and is honestly so inspiring to someone who wishes to do the same (somehow).
Nakshi comes from the Bengali word “naksha”, which refers to
artistic patterns. The stitching was used traditionally to make
‘Kanthas’ or quilts by using old sarees and other materials. Rukia
explores the spirit of this very traditional process what now would be
called ‘recycling or upcycling’.
Rukia’s specialism is
print and pattern design along with fashion design – her explorations
through design now include understanding her cultural roots of
Bangladesh – her collections are thus inspired from Bangladesh and its
diverse heritage, and she aspires to engage further with this by drawing
her inspiration from Bengal’s rich cultural heritage. In this
collection she uses both recycled patterned fabric and Nakshi to
counteract stereotypes of Bangladesh with the beautiful aspects of the
land, in particular the beauty of Barsa, the rainy season.
Shama Kun explores the often neglected Khadi also known as
‘Khaddar’ which has a long history in Bangladesh dating back to 16th
Century. The material is mainly woven from cotton and blended with silk
or other materials by hand on the ‘Chakra’, and carries a message of
self-reliance and sustainability. Not to mention that it’s completely
A ‘people before profit’ label, Shama
Kun focuses on keeping indigenous Bangladeshi textile knowledge alive
while providing culturally inspired, cutting edge yet modern wear for
the modern woman. Shama Kun ethically produces all her range in rural
weaving belts and craft cluster of Bangladesh.
Thank you to Oitij-jo for such an inspiring exhibition. As a woman who is passionate about ethics and celebrating my grandparents’ culture, it is so beautiful to see the two entwined by two very talented women, especially seeing how women in Bangladesh have actually been recycling for TIME #ethicalgoals – looking forward to similar events!
I receive numerous questions daily about veganism and although I’ve answered stacks of them and have resources on my blog, I thought it’d be best to compile useful resources here for easy reference. Feel free to use this to stay informed, reblog and add your own resources and share with uninformed hoes.
Food Thursday’s – We’re bringing you our favourite ethical recipes,
food bloggers and other food related things…
This Thursday we’re featuring Loving It Vegan. It’s creators
Alison and Jaye are a couple who have been vegan since 2005 and are both
Look how cute they are!
Their website features so many amazing vegan recipes. We
love how they show how easy and delicious it is to be vegan as well as their
really cute website.
We get asked loads of questions as veggie/vegan’s and the
most common opinion is ‘how are you going to live without chicken.’ It gets
kind boring explaining it so now we can refer people to Loving it Vegan so they can see
their awesome recipes which are so easy to follow.
Hopefully together we can
change the narrative that the only way to survive is on the over production on
chickens and cows. We need to make people respect the simplicity of ‘life’ and
a ‘living being’ because that respect has been lost. Appreciating what we have
has disappeared and instead we’ve exploited what we have.
Some of their recipes include; Pancakes, cakes, noodles,
fudge and tofu.
Try out this cool vegan mouse which uses chickpea juice as
an egg replacement!
So I have spent a few months trialling out different moisturisers to see what works best for me. I used to use vaseline because I get really dry skin and I’m sensitive to different products. I decided to move away from vaseline because Unilever are known to test on animals and to leave areas polluted.
My first option was organic raw coconut oil.
This smells yummy and everyone is obsessed with it at the moment. It was fine for my body but not for my face. It would leave me feeling dry very soon afterwards.
I decided to look for a vaseline alternative and found Waxelene.
It has no petroleum products, non-gmo, no animal testing and is biodegradable and recyclable. It is made from organic coy oil, beeswax, natural vitamin e oil and organic rosemary oil. I tried it for quite a long time and found that although it kept me moisturised, it started to give me spots. I think it was too greasy. That’s the annoying thing about my face. It’s like Goldilocks. It needs something JUST right.
While I was trying Waxelene I went to lush and took a couple testers home. I took Celestial and Skin Drink. Celestial wasn’t good for me at all. It left me feeling dry and I don’t think it was very good to my skin. SkinDrink on the other hand was amazing. I love SkinDrink.
It feels so good on my skin and still light. I hate putting lots of random things on my face, and often creams can feel heavy and dirty. But it doesn’t feel that way with Skin Drink. It definitely does what it says on the tin…or pot.
So here is a short list of nice places to shop. Places to find clothes that are ethical, second hand, vintage, handmade and by independent designers. We will add to the list as we discover more but if you need inspiration look no further!
The list will start with Angel! These are a few things I picked up.
Found them at:
Oxfam- 29 Islington high st
The Fara Workshop- 28-32 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9HJ
Brick Lane obviously has awesome vintage shops. These are my favourite:
Blitz- 55-59 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP
Rokit-101 Brick Ln, London E1 6SE
Beyond Retro- 110-112 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ
The Laden Showroom- The Rib Man, 103 Brick Ln, Greater London E1 6SE
Wood Green has a cluster of charity shop gold. This list goes from Turnpike lane to Wood Green station.
North London Hospice
British Heart Foundation
Dalston also has a a few charity shops I enjoyed visiting when I worked in the area:
Traid- 106-108 Kingsland High St, London E8 2NS
This dress was from Traid. Love it SO much.
Oxfam- 514 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AR
St Vincents- 484-486 Kingsland Rd London E8 4AE
Camden is great for having both vintage and charity in the same place. If you walk from Mornington Crescent towards Camden Market:
British Heart Foundation
Rokit- 226 Camden High St
Only one for Notting Hill at the moment but I hear there are lot’s of places I need to visit!
Mary’s Living and Giving Shop- 177 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB
This one has a special place in my heart as I volunteered there for a summer and I loved it there.