Workforce – Bangladesh

  • Dye Maker

  • Dhaka Garment Workers

  • Jute Worker

  • Thread Checkers

  • Setting Up the Loom

  • Garment Worker

  • Pockets

  • Clothing For Supermarkets

  • Every Sheet Every Thread

  • Jute Ghosts

  • Threshold

  • Sewing Sacks

  • Adrift

  • The Machinists

  • Lightbox

  • The Finisher

  • Hanging Cables

  • Jute Looms

  • Cloth Rolls

  • Sea of Cloth

  • Expert Stitches

  • Stitch Work

  • Sack Maker

This work was produced for an exhibition in the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh in 2011. During a trip to Bangladesh I managed to gain access to several large textile factories. These were awe-inspiring places. The vast modern factories in Chittagong were making clothing for western retail outlets and were so vast that they were quite awe-inspiring. The jute factory north of Dhaka was quite different, and like stepping into another era; the machinery had been imported from Scotland, and as I grew up in a jute town in Fife, I found the factory, continuing the legacy of my own heritage, quite fascinating.