Walk Sew Good has been inspired by many different people and these people have shaped the way we’re approaching this project. One of our biggest influences is Satish Kumar, a man that walked over 10,000km in the 1960s across the world to promote nuclear disarmament. What a guy.
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We’re big believers in letting these people know how grateful we are for lighting the fire in our bellies. So Megan wrote an email to Kumar and we thought we’d share this letter with you.
Dear Mr Kumar,
I wanted to write to you today because you have inspired me to do something I never would have dreamed of doing previously. I wanted to write to you today and thank you for believing that a better world is possible, and working to make it so.
Two years ago I was sitting on my couch at home reading the latest copy of Dumbo Feather. I happened upon the your interview. After reading about how you had roamed the world to promote peace and nuclear disarmament I was taken aback by how little I was doing in comparison. I know you should never compare yourself to other people, and you should always live life in a way that you think is right, but reading your story spurred me to action. The idea suddenly came to me, if you could walk to promote peace maybe I should walk to promote something that I was deeply passionate about: a more just and sustainable fashion industry.
I probably don’t need to tell you how destructive and unethical the fashion industry has become. It is an industry full of contradictions. On one side you have beauty and glamour and on the other side mass exploitation at a scale I find hard to fathom and so much pollution that rivers are dying, people are becoming desperately ill and biodiversity is deeply impacted. And that doesn’t even begin to cover it. It’s a mess. However, all is not lost. I have hope.
There are so many people out there working to find a better way to create beautiful clothing. So many people resisting a system where the odds are stacked against them. So many people willing to believe in a better world.
In November this year, my friend Gabrielle and I intend to walk from Ho Chi Minh City, through South Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and end in North Vietnam. Along the way we hope to meet and learn from people creating fashion in positive and impactful ways. We are going to film our adventures and share the stories of these incredible people with as many people as possible. Our aim is to empower people to support the good stories. We’ve called the project Walk Sew Good.
Mr Kumar I really can’t thank you enough for inspiring us. I am in awe of what you have accomplished. Congratulations on your 80th birthday and the pilgrimage you took last month.
I hope this finds you in good health.