EP. 21 Sustainability, but Make it Sparkle with Uzma Bozai

Published: Dec. 7, 2020, 3 a.m.

In an ode to what should be the Christmas party season, we’re chatting all things sequins and embellishment in this episode. Most of us know that plastic sequins are a sustainability nightmare, but have you ever thought about the people who sew on those adornments?

To chat about the role of these hand workers we’re joined by Uzma Bozai, whose eponymous label offers organic cotton sweatshirts with bold embellishments, crafted by artisans using traditional techniques in Pakistan.

Uzma chats with us about the true meaning of the term ‘artisan’, and what exactly goes into creating an embellished garment. Meanwhile, Alice and Ruth explore plastic-free alternatives to sequins, and how to shop sparkly clothing consciously.

Shop Uzma’s designs via her website, and be sure to follow the brand on Instagram @uzmabozai

For more information on the role of hand workers in the garment industry, we recommend listening to Wardrobe Crisis - Episode 92 with Rebecca Van Bergen. You can also find out more via the NGO Nest.

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You’ll find Ruth on Instagram: @ruthmacgilp_ and Twitter @ruthmacgilp

You’ll find Alice on Instagram: @styledbyalicex and Twitter: @styledbyalice