BLM Movement this year has brought up a lot of repressed memories of my lived experiences of racism in the UK. I am reflecting on my experiences as a British Indian woman of colour and the experiences I have faced. I recently called out the people who racially abused me during my school year and the adults that chose to ignore. I am using this experience for the basis of this collection, using some of the racial gaslighting as print designs to create impactful, political commentary to bring wider awareness to racism and oppression every person of colour faces.
Original Spice Girl 2020 reminds everyone to thank their local, national and international spice girls and womxn in your life. Thank them for spicing up your life!
Krishma Sabbarwal supports sustainable fashion by repurposing and upcycling waste textile materials and found garments, which otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. Krishma does not create collections for ‘seasons’ as she believes this is a major contributing factor to over consumer consumption. But rather focuses on the concept and message of each collection to bring awareness to social, economic, political issues and injustices.
Spoken word in Original Spice Girl 2020 the short film:
Fast fashion is a racist system and is built on colonialism. It relies on people in some of the weakest economies and countries to work in garment factories under unacceptable and often abusive situations. Usually occurring in countries with a majority of people of colour population, enabling western people to buy cheap clothing, wear and throw into landfill at rapid rates of consumption. Fast-fashion companies continue to evade not paying garment workers living wages, workers are not guaranteed safe working conditions. More recently, fast fashion, high and luxury fashion brands have failed to commit to paying for orders due to Coronavirus. Rendering garment workers with no jobs, no pay and no security for themselves or their families. Garment factory workers continue to go to work despite the social distancing guidelines and lack of orders. The race and pay gap widen even further due to the injustices that occur every day in the fashion and textiles industry. We need to take ownership of our consumer habits and the people it affects, the environments it destroys and the white supremacy it enables.