Transforming Conditions And Rights For Marginalised Jute Producers

Maveen Pereira Friday, 1 January 2021

As one of the world's longest natural fibres, jute has important applications in manufacturing, from luxury fashion products to road construction, and India's jute industry is one of the largest in the world. Here we learn about the background to the industry, including the labour-intensive process jute workers must carry out to provide the 'golden fibre', with little pay, limited rights and unimaginable conditions.  

This is a segment cut from a full interview with Maveen Pereira, Director of Programmes at Traidcraft Exchange

In this video you'll learn:

  • About jute farming and trade in India, its importance to local farming communities, and the dependency of the global fashion industry on the material too
  • How jute is harvested and processed in small farming communities in India
  • What Traidcraft Exchange did to support women workers in the jute industry and the structures they implemented to build resilience into this industry

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    This is a segment from a full interview with Maveen Pereira, Director of Programmes at Traidcraft Exchange