Globalization in the garment industry led me to use clothing tags as a medium for this project. As I was examining tags on a few articles of clothing one day, I noticed how my pants were made in Korea, my underwear made in Sri Lanka and my shirt was made in the Northern Mariana Islands. I began photographing and snipping the tags from clothing throughout the house. I was simply amazed to find clothing in one household to come from more than 50 countries from throughout the world. Although this project is not intended to spark political activism, I merely seek to address this phenomenon of contemporary globalization. The tags serve as a microcosm.
I collected multiple tags from 25 countries to create sewn collages. The varied writing on each tag reminds me of city labels scattered within a country’s boundaries.
To read more about my process for this project, click here.
-Text, art, and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.