It was 1911 and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory situated in the upper floors of a Manhattan industrial building went up in flames. The doors were locked, some people so desperate jumped out of the windows. In all 145 people perished, many of them poor immigrants.
Until 1819 children as young as 6 worked in the cotton mills of Manchester, England. After 1819 it was illegal to employ children under 9 or make children aged 9-16 work more than 12 hours a day. It was a long time before the minimum age in the UK for employing a young person full time rose to 16
I think we all know about the conditions in factories in the UK and USA a hundred years or so ago from our history books and from novels. The shocking fact is that these conditions persist today in countries like Cambodia and Bangladesh and we are shopping for the clothes they make on our high streets.
|my brightest top|
For these reasons this Lent (18 February to 4 April) I am giving up most of my clothes, they are staying in the wardrobe, all except six items and I am asking friends and family and readers of my blog to sponsor me by donating money to Labour Behind the Label. You can read more about the charity's work HERE and DONATE HERE (please)
I am not doing this alone, Scrapiana an amazing blogger and crafter who teaches the art (yes I mean art) of mending is doing it with me. In fact it was she who introduced me to the challenge (via instagram). We intend to support each other by using all the usual social network wiles
|Hoping this jumble of greys with black red and blue will see me through|
I have been talking about my decision for a few days now and posting on Facebook and the question every one asks is 'how on earth are you going to manage?' Well I don't know yet but I have tried to choose my six items very carefully, I am also allowed accessories, underwear, sports wear and one coat. To be honest given how the weather can be warm in March my greatest worry is I shall be too hot.
|From the left, grey jersey dress, silk blouse, black jeans, grey tee and red boiled wool skirt|
That leaves one more item, it had to be my Leadlight cardigan because I have just finished knitting it and because I love it!
|Leadlight knitted in Fyberspates scrumptious, a wool and silk mix|
I intend to post a photograph of how I get on and how I alleviate the boredom of grey every day on here and on Instagram
A little note about Labour Behind the Label- it doesn't advocate boycotts but part of its work supports garment workers in countries such as Cambodia and part campaigns to raise awareness. After all if it were not for campaigners in the UK parliament like Robert Peel nothing would have changed in this country (would readers from the USA please educate me and tell me who were the campaigners in their country in the comments below)
I actually need to raise £50 before I am officially on the team, I need another £3.00 so please donate. In return I pledge to donate £10 in advance of every £100 raised (i.e. when the total reaches £101 I will donate another £10 and so on)
I should say the donations so far have come from knitters - YAY FOR KNITTERS!!