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Let’s Start A Fashion Revolution

The Fashion Revolution is an important movement that is working to create more sustainable, ethical, and safe environments for the people who make our clothes. It was founded by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. The 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse (also referred to as the 2013 Savar building collapse or the Collapse of Rana Plaza) was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April 2013 in the Savar Upazila of Dhaka District, Bangladesh, where an eight-story commercial building called Rana Plaza collapsed. With a death toll of 1,134, it is considered the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. It was also the deadliest garment-factory disaster in history and the deadliest industrial accident in the history of Bangladesh.

Fashion Revolution is a movement that focuses on valuing people over growth and profit. They aim to end human and environmental exploitation in the global fashion industry. Transparency in practices, conservation of precious resources, and redistributed balance of power across the fashion industry are a few of the goals of this powerful movement.

They’re aiming for not only industry change, but also policy and cultural change. Sevya Handmade is very proud to be a part of this amazing movement!

Two women sitting behind sewing machines, holding up signs that read "I made your clothes." Our artisans displaying their Fashion Revolution signs.

As the world’s largest fashion activism movement, Fashion Revolution is a group of designers, academics, business leaders, writers, and policy makers. They have a vision of creating a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment. Awareness of these causes seems to be gaining traction lately, so it’s an incredibly exciting thing to see in real time!

How are they contributing?

This organization aims to end human and environmental exploitation in the global fashion industry. This includes: ensuring workers have a safe work environment, redistributing power to be more equal, ending the throwaway culture, and creating a culture of transparency. They aim to raise public awareness while building a diverse movement for change. The goal is to help people understand the impact of their clothing purchases and encourage consumers to make conscious decisions that benefit the clothing producers and their environments.

At Sevya Handmade, we are committed to these same principles and to making apparel that is beautiful and has deep integrity.

What can I do to help?

At Sevya, we are honored to bring gorgeous garments to life while supporting so many talented artisans and seamstresses along the way. If you’d like to be a part of the movement, here are a few things you can do:

  • Educate yourself on the movement!

    The Fashion Revolution website has a wealth of information and resources.
  • Get Involved!

    Find out all the ways you can contribute to this cause locally!
  • Support fair trade!

    Shop our fair trade clothing, accessories and jewelry collections. You’ll be directly supporting artisans in India! And continue to be mindful of the items you’re buying. Ask yourself, who made this? Was it sustainably made?

Every purchase of a fair trade product directly benefits the producers, and enables them to carry on their craft traditions with dignity and prosperity. Each garment is an exquisite representation of centuries old traditions, and of cultures that value beauty, artistry, and quality.

When we wear ethically produced apparel, we pay respect to one another and to our environment, and we help to ensure that these craft traditions continue for many generations to come.

Woman Weaver of Sevya's Samita Stripes Scarf

“We love fashion. But we don’t want our clothes to exploit people or destroy our planet. We demand radical, revolutionary change.” -Fashion Revolution