‘Unravel follows the Western worlds least wanted clothes, on a journey across Northern India, from sea to industrial interior. They get sent to Panipat, a sleepy town and the only place in the world that wants them, recycling them back into yarn.
Reshma is a bright, inquisitive woman working in a textile recycling factory in small time India, who dreams of travelling the vast distances the clothes she handles have. While Reshma shows us how these garments get transformed, she and other women workers reflect on these clothes. Despite limited exposure to western culture, they construct a picture of how the West is, using both their imagination and the rumours that travel with the cast-offs.’
It is directed by Meghna Gupta, who worked with me in the factories in Panipat as a research assistant in 2009, and has gone on to make this wonderfully evocative short film about the women working in the industry. It was launched at the exhibition Everything Must Go on January 20-22nd, 2012.
Filming was funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant, and post-production supported by the ESRC Waste of the World project.
or contact Meghna Gupta directly.