Stitching our shoes. Homeworkers in South India

Homeworkers, women employed mainly to stitch together the leather pieces constituting the upper of a shoe, provide both the low-cost labour and the flexibility that is so sought after in the footwear sector. These workers are invisible but play a vital role in the production of certain types of leather shoes, wherever they are manufactured. From Portugal to Bulgaria, from Eastern Europe to North Africa to India – homeworkers are to be found in the shoe supply chain and experience similar working conditions whatever the location. This report will focus on the production of a particular type of leather footwear – the casual leather shoe – and the experiences of thousands of women who produce them, mostly working at home in and around the Indian city of Ambur.

Kontakt:
Anton Pieper
SÜDWIND
Tel.: +49 (0)228-76 36 98-18
E-Mail: pieper@suedwind-institut.de

Berndt Hinzmann
INKOTA-netzwerk
Tel.: +49 (0)30-4208202-53
E-Mail: hinzmann@inkota.de

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