Handmade Tales

A group of women adding plastic covers to sequined sandal straps The sour smell of the gutters, the rats running amok, the incessant thrum of noise, the claustrophobic living conditions, and the overflowing public toilets are daily irritations for the millions of inhabitants of slum areas in Mumbai. Add to that the exploitation of women who do piecework for small factories. Every day, in every slum cluster in Mumbai, men arrive carrying giant plastic bags bulging with everything from unfinished garments, small plastic parts, foam pieces, widgets, coils and springs, magnetic parts, labels to attach, and drop the bundles at the single room homes of women who are paid piece work rates to finis

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