DOCUMENTING THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOUR CLOTHES

At Shahi we believe in the power and potential of the 100,000 people who make up our workforce. And we wanted the world to get to know them better. We invited two writers from a Bangalore creative studio, Write Leela Write, and a local photographer, Karthik Shetty, to independently interview and document the stories of some of our workers. 

Garment workers together form a truly diverse and talented sector, one that powers the global fashion industry. Every worker has a dream to pursue and story to tell. In support of Fashion Revolution we're presenting some of these stories for the first time before the formal launch of the Behind The Seams project, an ongoing effort to document worker stories at Shahi and beyond.

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Shahi Exports is India's largest ready-made garment exporter, employing 100,000 people across 55 factories and making 135 million garments per year for many of the world's leading fashion retailers.

With the help and support of our customers, we are constantly working towards making sustainable improvements to raise standards in our factories and create positive impacts for our employees, both inside and outside the workplace. We have also supported the launch of the Good Business Lab, an innovation and research centre with a mission to prove the correlation between improved worker welfare and improved business outcomes. Shahi has provided the lab with launch funding as well as open access to our factories and production data.

We're proud to support Fashion Revolution in asking #whomademyclothes as part of the journey towards a fairer, safer, cleaner fashion industry for all.

If you want to get in touch with us regarding this project, you can contact us at gauri.sharma@shahi.co.in.

Images from Unit 7 in Bellandur, Bangalore, employing 5,000 people, of whom more than 3,000 are women.