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2015-02_dc

The industrial revolution began in the textiles sector. That was the case in England in the late 18th century. Many countries have since conformed to the pattern of industrialisation starting in textiles and garment production. Typically it initially went along with poverty, harsh labour conditions and brutal exploitation, with things slowly improving as economies developed. The big questions are now whether this scenario is still acceptable in our era of globalisation, how long it will take for matters to improve and what can be done to accelerate social progress. Better labour standards are desperately needed throughout the entire value chain – and so is environmental awareness. Fabrics, garments and fashion Böthling/Photography

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