FASH455- Travels of a T-Shirt Questions Ch.5-8

FASH455- Travels of a T-Shirt Questions Ch.5-8 - Haley...

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Haley Cohen Discussion Questions “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy” Chapters 5-8 By Pietra Rivoli Chapter 5 – “Cotton Comes to China” 1. This chapter talks about how China underwent a number of revolutions in the 20 th Century. What were they? Describe them? a. Throughout the 1920s, exploding events in the textile mills such as beatings, wage cuts, and murders, were occurring throughout China’s coast. In 1949, the communists drove the mill owners from Shanghai, closed the pleasure places, and seized factories for the people. In the 1960s, Nelson’s sons rode the cotton trailers with pitchforks, where Mao Zedong and his Red Guards went mad. 2. Describe the Shanghai No. 36 Cotton Yarn Factory – What did it look like? What did it sound like? a. The Shanghai No. 36 Cotton Yarn Factory is on the far eastern out-skirts of the city. From the outside it looks like a ramshackle dusty workshop that is not meant to be producing t-shirts, but as soon as you see the 30 feet high bales of Texas cotton, you realize that it is indeed a cotton yarn factory. Not only is it extremely noisy in the factory with a constant deafening clatter of real machines, but everything in the factory is dusty with cotton flurries. Also, the factory is described as being a “communist green,” and this awful color coats every wall within the factory. Within this factory, cotton is produced into yarn in a circular process consisting of winding, twisting, spinning, and coiling. 3. Describe the Shanghai Brightness No. 3 Garment Factory. a. Located on the opposite side of Shanghai’s sprawl, lies Shanghai Brightness No. 3 Factory. From the outside the Shanghai Brightness No.3 1
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looks like a rural schoolhouse, but on the inside the Reinsch cotton is transformed from yarn into clothing. The spools of cotton are unloaded from a truck and placed on a knitting machine and as fabric falls from the machine, an inspector facing a large mirror simultaneously eyes both sides of the fabric checking for defects. On the second floor of the factory, the fabric is cut into pieces. Unlike in the US, at the Shanghai Brightness No. 3 Garment Factory cutting is a people process in which workers manning big saws, little saws, and plain scissors cut fabric pieces and pile them into laundry baskets which are then brought to the sewing room. Then in the sewing room, there is approximately 70 female workers lined up in rows each sitting at a sewing machine. Each woman is responsible for performing one operation of the sewing and assembling process. And at each worker’s side there is a plastic laundry basket which she fills as she completes her designated tasks As soon as the basket is full it is passed to the woman behind her for the next step in the process.
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