Sewing Notions

In reading this article “Sewing Notions” by Julia Bryan- Wilson I really got a new outlook on craft work and I see how craft is becoming an important role on the political side of things. I really liked Margarita Cabreras piece of the Pink Blender from 2002 and how she wanted to bring attention to the women in Ciudad and their brutal deaths. As consumers we are participating in this horrible system.  It’s really disheartening to think of where all of our personal items are coming from and who made them. The author states “Is there something inherently political in crocheting your own hat?” By shopping less or in a different way than what we are used to  and creating more we can decrease our reliance on sweatshops. Most consumers have no control over how their clothes are made and the effect they are actually having on the planet. This article was very thought provoking for me, it made me feel good to know that I can be apart of the solution as someone who loves craftwork and making my own clothes. The answer to the authors question is that yes, crocheting your own hat is political. Sewing is political. It’s not a skill that everyone has and it’s not as cheap sometimes; especially when it comes to ones time. In the end craftwork is such an amazing way to make a statement. 


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