Immigrant-run manufacturing co-op aims to change culture of fast fashion, starting with Muslims

Photo by Jacqueline Macou/Creative Commons

Photo by Jacqueline Macou/Creative Commons

Source: Religion News Service

By Aysha Khan

CHICAGO (RNS) — Perhaps no item of clothing so immediately expresses a person’s values as a hijab. Why then, asks Hoda Katebi, do American Muslim women not take care to wear a hijab that is in line with their thinking about human rights and worker exploitation?

“Our clothes are so intimate to our bodies,” said Katebi, 24, an Iranian American community organizer whose popular political fashion blog and 2016 book, “Tehran Streetstyle,” has given her an international platform.

“What does it do to us spiritually if our hijabs are made in a sweatshop? Muslims care so deeply that our food is halal, that our investments are halal. And I don’t think anyone asked that question about our clothes.”

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