Today we went to vist Grameen Knitwear, Ltd., a sister company of Grameen Bank. Over the past ten years, Bangladesh has become a player in the garment industry, thanks in part to other countries (China, India) deciding to go into the technology sector. As such, Bangladesh has been able to create a niche for itself in producing clothing for major companies throughout Europe and the United States. Grameen Knitwear employs over 2700 employees and unlike many of its peer companies here, offers profit-sharing for its employees and works hard to improve their quality of life outside of the workplace in offering benefits such as retirement, medical and paid sick/vacation days. The company also gives large percentages of profits to its other initiatives, such as the Grameen Trust.

We toured the factory and saw how T-shirts are made. At the end, we were even given a shirt as a thank you for our visit.   On with the tour…

All clothing starts with yarn/thread. This machine takes the thread from spools around it and creates a large cotton canvass. The spindles above the machine are threading from the top.

The end result is this cross-stitched piece of cloth, approximately 48 inches wide by 100 feet long.
The next step is dyeing the white cotton. These large machines above dye numerous colors per order of the large sheets.
After dyeing, the sheets need to be dried. These machines are essentially rinsing the dye out…
Then comes the drying machine…a machine at least 100 ft. long.
The final, dry piece of cotton.
When ready, the sheets are taken upstairs, stacked together and stretched out for measuring and cutting.
Cutting the fabric into T-shirt shapes…
Post cuts…
Time for sewing pieces together. There are rows and rows of people doing this. The back of the row starts the piece and pass it forward, each worker performing their stitch and passing forward. The end of the row is a completed piece that is inspected for quality.
Post-inspection, the item is ironed.
Then folded…

And packaged per customer specifications. The final part is boxing and shipping of customer order.

Think of these pictures and this process when buying your next shirts…

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