At All Costs
For garment suppliers in Pakistan, the fast-fashion industry has always been governed by one hard rule: orders from overseas must be fulfilled as efficiently as possible. […] Only a global pandemic revealed the length of the chain of exploitation the industry relies on. As international brands canceled orders and failed to pay suppliers, the system seized, and those at the very bottom of the supply chain absorbed the shock of its sudden arrest. Virtually overnight, contract workers found themselves without work. Home-based workers — who embroider, stitch, crop, and dye garments from their residences — were left waiting for subcontractors to pay for completed orders.