It was born in the sketch of a designer, in this case, me. That sketch holds all the information that all the other people who take part in creating the blouse will follow. Half a world away, a merchandiser has the skills to break the sketch down into all the ingredients needed to source each part to the trades who will make it.
The soft white cotton comes from southern India where it is grown and woven. I think of the labor that goes into growing and picking the cotton. The families living from those wages. I think of the weavers following ancient traditions. The cloth will be washed in large tubs and hung to dry, all done by hand.
While the fabric is being prepared, the pattern is in process. The expert in the spec department has lined up the measurements of the design; a combination of grading rules and computer programs assures that the fit is fine. The pattern master with sketch and specs in hand, cuts the first pattern, marking all the pleats and tucks and darts that both the cutting master and the tailor will need to guide them. The tailors sew all the tucks and pleats carefully with skilled expertise. The small mother-of-pearl which are my trademark, are made from shells that glisten like ivory. They carry the sea, those tiny buttons, like a vintage find and they are all sewn on by hand.
Then there is the labeling and tagging, the pressing, and thread clipping. More hands do a quality check, and then others carefully fold and package this pretty blouse to be shipped. The blouse makes a journey that includes boats or planes, freight, and involves customs - all impacting commerce and employment along the way. And before it arrives, many people are preparing to merchandise and market this beautiful blouse. Warehouse staff and analysts and customer service people are all a part of the story of the story too. When I think of all the hundreds of people and multiplicity of skills, from fabric to finish, the employment circle is large. It ripples and contributes to the livelihood of many families. This white blouse has a story to tell - with its fine lines of pintucks and style that brings grace into your life. It is far more than just another white blouse.
Feel Beautiful, Be Beautiful, Live Beautiful