Please join us for a virtual screening of Invisible Seams, a short documentary by Director Jia Li (Spicy Village). Immediately following the screening will be a lively Q+A session led by Remake’s Founder, Ayesha Barenblat with the film’s producer, Jodie Chan, featured designer Joy Mao, and others with a special message from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
With so much noise around the need to build a more sustainable fashion industry, we, at Remake, have often found that there’s been a huge piece of the puzzle missing: garment worker voices. And the reality of American apparel manufacturing–powered by immigrants and women of color–is often ignored. A cornerstone of the American economy, these workers power the industry we all love and should be acknowledged and their rights protected. And with landmark legislation like the FABRIC Act being introduced into Congress for the very first time, they finally can be.
Invisible Seams shares the stories of eight different Asian seamstresses and pattern-makers in New York, bringing to the fore the experiences of these frontline workers of the fashion industry, who kept us safe during the pandemic, sewing PPE. These women have weathered the pandemic, the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, trials of immigration, and the never-ending demands of fashion cycles. Invisible Seams celebrates the talent and expertise of these women, an acknowledgment that their devotion to their craft is also a means of survival.
The panel will discuss the realities of American garment manufacturing and how the FABRIC Act is a new opportunity to shed light on and revitalize this hard-working industry.