A Knotty Issue
July 13, 2012 9:39 AM Subscribe
In all the talk about fast fashion and sweatshop labour, it's often been said that sequins can only be attached by hand
, therefore someone needs to physically sew them onto a garment. But what about crochet?
posted by mippy to clothing, beauty, & fashion (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I did a quick google and saw that there is such a thing as a crochet machine, which would explain why crocheted trims are often on high-street garments (and 'crochet' seems to be used by stores a lot these days to mean 'kind of lacy knittingy thing') but I was thinking more novelty items such as this
- would someone have had to hand-make something like that, and if so how is it possible to mass-produce for a low price given the time it might take to do so? I have heard of crocheted goods made and sold as a fair-trade product
(probably why I couldn't buy a pattern for the Avercamp dolls by the same designer) but I was wondering how this worked in terms of the price range of chain stores. Can it only be done by hand? Is a store able to make a profit on something sold at a low price
without the crafters being poorly paid?