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.

Anton Pieper
Tel.: +49 (0)228-76 36 98-18

Berndt Hinzmann
Tel.: +49 (0)30-4208202-53

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Change Your Shoes, Factsheet, Heimarbeit, Homeworker, Indien, Infomaterial, Leder, Schuh- und Lederproduktion, Studie

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