Author: Rasika Mahabal

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 7

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 7

  In Cambodia when textile industry workers marched to ask for increase in the minimum wage – police fired guns killing and injuring people – their only ask was 160$ per month – they are currently given 30 cents a day. Why their government doesn’t help with this? Because they […]

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 6

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 6

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part5 We can buy clothes so cheaply because they are made of very poor quality materials and because people who make these clothes do not earn a living wage. They work in factories that do not fulfill safety requirements. They work with highly toxic materials. They […]

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 5

Fashion 1 0 1 : Part 5

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Careless production and endless consumption- I did a part-time fashion designing course from Pune, India. I used to sew my own salwar kameezes for a few years. Sewing is a time-consuming task, it is physically challenging too – it would give me a lot of […]

Fashion 1 0 1: Part 4

Fashion 1 0 1: Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Why do we buy so much? Because we associate happiness with owning more. They call it ‘the retail therapy’. However therapy is something that fixes us for life, therapy is treatment – therapy cannot be something that gives momentary pleasure, so chocolates or retail cannot be […]

Fashion 1 0 1: Part 2

Fashion 1 0 1: Part 2

Part 1. The maximum number of clothing items that I ever bought in one single year was 10  (clothing items include work clothes/ night dress/ socks/ undergarments/ scarves/ gym clothes etc). And there have been years that I didn’t buy a single clothing item, the max I have gone without […]

Women: 5. The Royals

Women: 5. The Royals

This is the five-part in the series. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3,Part 4. The Royals A relative of mine, age 27, has a masters degree, got a job three years ago, earns well (most of the software people do), he is very intelligent, soft-spoken, looks great and is a fantastic photographer. […]

Women: 3. The Martyr

Women: 3. The Martyr

This is the third part in the series. Earlier parts – Part 1. Part 2. The Martyr The Martyr – a woman who thinks people are judging them based on how good a wife/ mother/ daughter/ daughter-in-law/ sister-in-law she is and she cares about the opinions and then tries to be […]