As the world becomes smaller through increased travel, better transportation systems, and new communication channels, consumers are having a greater opportunity than ever before to be able to own items made by artisans from all around the world. Not only are these items beautiful, but being able to bring a piece of your vacation or another part of the world into your home is something special that many cherish. Although there are many benefits for artisans around the world to be able to sell their handmade goods to foreigners, this opportunity also presents a threat to traditional culture and to the integrity of the production process.
Fashion. It’s possibly the world’s leading means of self expression and exhibits itself in various forms across the globe. What we wear, how we look – it’s how we show the world who we are. In recent years, big brands have started producing more clothing than ever before as trends continue to rapidly change. It’s never been easier to get the latest looks at the lowest prices. Our wardrobes are bursting at the seams. But what does this mean for the people who make our clothes? And at what cost to the environment?