Me Made May and Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka collapsed building

Dhaka collapsed building

It was a last minute decision. Weeks ago, when I saw the Me Made May logo popping up here and there in the sewing community blogs, I wondered whether I would take part in the challenge or not. I thought about it and decided that, although I appreciated the challenge, I did not want to have “something else” to have to think about on top of all the things I have to do.

Then the tragic event in Dhaka, Bangladesh happened.

Again.

Appaling. Inacceptable that people should risk their lives and die working under such poor security conditions to feed the appetite of the West for cheap clothes.

I decided to stretch my limits and take part in the project. It is a way for me to pay respect to the victims and to protest against the current deplorable working conditions in the sewing industry in poor countries.

This is all the more symbolic as today, May 1st, Labour Day is celebrated in many countries.

This is my pledge:

‘I sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least 1 self-made garment for at least 5 days during each week and that for the duration of May 2013’

me-made-may'13

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

Ça a été une décision de dernière minute. Il y a quelques semaines, lorsque j’ai vu le logo Made Me May apparaître un peu partout dans la blogosphère, je me suis demandé si je voulais participer à ce défi ou non. J’ai réfléchi et j’ai décidé que, même si je l’appréciais, je ne voulais pas avoir «encore une chose» supplémentaire à y penser.

Et puis, l’événement tragique à Dhaka, au Bangladesh a eu lieu. Encore une fois.

Effrayant. Inacceptable que les gens risquent leur vie à travailler dans de telles conditions et meurent pour nourrir l’appétit des pays occidentaux pour des vêtements bon marché.

J’ai alors décidé de pousser mes limites et de prendre part au projet. C’est pour moi une façon d’avoir une pensée pour les victimes et de protester contre les conditions de travail déplorables en vigueur dans l’industrie textile dans les pays pauvres.

Cela est d’autant plus symbolique qu’aujourd’hui, le 1er mai, Fête du Travail est célébrée dans des nombreux pays.

Je m’engage à :

«Je m’inscris en tant que participante du Me-Made-May ’13. Je m’efforce de porter au moins 1 vêtement fait par moi-même pendant au moins 5 jours au cours de chaque semaine et ce pendant toute la durée du mois de mai 2013 »

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

self made blouse and skirt

4 thoughts on “Me Made May and Dhaka, Bangladesh

  1. Aún no me he enterado que pasó en Bangladesh, pero intuyo que algo muy desagradable, voy a buscar información sobre eso…
    Que agradable que hayas decidido inscribirte en el MMM, así podemos disfrutar de todas las hermosas prendas que has creado, todavía estoy intentando saber si me gusta más la falda o la blusa… no puedo decidir!! Son tan hermosas las dos!!

    • Gracias! Prometí escribirte, pero aún no lo he hecho Estoy un poco liada pero seguro que se lo va a suceder!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more about the unnecessary-ness of the tragic event in Bangladesh and with the horrific nature of the working conditions of garment factory workers in general. I am so glad that you decided to join the MMM’13 challenge as a result of your feelings towards the tragedy. It feels like a very positive thing to do in light of these negative things.
    Zoe xxx

    • Thanks for stopping by! I agree with you. It is a drop in the ocean, but as little as uttering your disagreement to such inhumane practices may be, such small actions symbolically mean a desire for change.

      Thank you for organizing this challenge and for promoting sustainability. Sites like yours are invaluable and foster the idea that we can live happily without giving away to consumerism, to live to buy things.

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