'Bittersweet Indigo' by Irene Schweizer in collaboration with Rauwkost Collective.
'Stonewashed with tears..
Sandblasted to death'
The coloring process of indigo, once a mystery of the art, nowadays is responsible for the chemical poisoning of planet earth. Factory workers in the jeans industry have the indigo blue tattooed in their skin for ever visible. The process of stone washing and sandblasting to make brand new jeans look worn out is enormously absurd. For this fashion trend the textiles are washed in huge rotating drums filled with stones or the clothes get sandblasted. After a few years working in a sandblasting section the workers become diseased with silikose caused by the dust in the lung. The illness turns their lives into a grueling waiting line, until death relieves them from pain and suffer.
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