Eastern Garment Traders
We often hear about companies being against mass production. But what does that mean for those on the ground?
One of the things that makes us proud to produce & wear SP is the fact that we know the people who are making our clothes and we know they enjoy doing it. They live down the road from us in Matara in South Sri Lanka & we can get direct feedback from them as to what making SP means to them.
One thing that is always brought up is that working for SP is much more enjoyable than the monotonous work that occurs in 95% of other production floors. Because there is a small team producing small quantities for a variety of styles their work is always varied. They are always learning new skills & how to produce a variety of styles and working with a variety of different techniques, materials, machines & on a variety of projects even throughout the day.
They say this is much more enjoyable work than what can often occur on big production floors where they can be stuck on one machine doing one type of stitch for months!
We believe that if the people making your clothes have enjoyed the process of doing so and your purchase has had a positive impact on their lives both financially & personally, then you will feel this when you wear it.
So next time you are making a clothing choice, and you see that someone is saying 'not mass produced' - try and find out more about what this means for the worker on the other end. Because if they are still stuck on a huge production floor producing the same stitch on the same T-Shirt for 100 or a 1000 'Not Mass Produced' boutique brands using the same pattern, then it might not be as positive as you first think.
Summary is, know the people who make your clothes. If they are happy, you're happy.