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people of the cloth

i accompanied suvayu, a colleague of mine, to a garment factory in balkumari to take some photos for his story on us-nepal trade relations with a focus on the garment industry. the industry, with exports to the states peaking at $50 million in 2005, has seen a dramatic fall to just $5 million last year. the slump is caused in part by the collapse of an agreement to give nepal-made garments “preferential access” to the us and also domestic infrastructural and labour woes. read his article here.

a story like that is tough to illustrate, so i was looking around to see if the environment would provide something i could incorporate that would add another layer of meaning to the photo. the photo above was the one i ultimately chose and captioned ‘pressing issues’. perhaps a little too wise-ass for my own good but hey, i had to get a picture!

cutting – no prim little scissors here. bulk and efficiency is paramount.

a cloth cake.

sewing – i was struck by how much the scene looks like something out of a movie. hollywood doesn’t always tell lies.

close-up.

at least he was happy to have his picture taken. can’t ditto for the guy the above.

quality control.

for more posts direct from nepal, look here.

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