ISBN 9788189059644,The Song Of The Shirt

The Song Of The Shirt



Navayana Publishers

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788189059644

ISBN-10 8189059645

Hard Back

Number of Pages 287 Pages
Language (English)

South East Asia

Labour in bangladesh flows like its rivers in excess of what is required. Often, both take a huge toll. Labour that costs $1.66 an hour in china and 52 cents in india can be had for a song in bangladesh 18 cents. It is mostly women and children working in fragile, flammable buildings who bring in 70 per cent of the country?s foreign exchange. Bangladesh today does not clothe the nakedness of the world, but provides it with limitless cheap garments through primark, walmart, benetton, gap. In elegiac prose, jeremy seabrook dwells upon the disproportionate sacrifices demanded by the manufacture of such throwaway items as baseball caps. He shows us how bengal and lancashire offer mirror images of impoverishment and affluence. In the eighteenth century, the people of bengal were dispossessed of ancient skills and the workers of lancashire forced into labour settlements. In a ghostly replay of traffic in the other direction, the decline of the british textile industry coincided with bangladesh becoming one of the world?s major clothing exporters. With capital becoming more protean than ever, it wouldn?t be long before the global imperium readies to shift its sites of exploitation in its nomadic cultivation of profit.