A look at Haiti's brisk trade in discarded--and re-tailored--American clothing.
The source: “Textile Skin” by Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi, in Transition, Issue 96.
The dockside market at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is ablaze in color. Mounds, walls, rooms, and stalls made of piles of secondhand clothes, called pèpè, shelter rows of tailors working furiously at their foot-powered sewing machines. The pèpè arrives at Haiti’s major ports by the ton and is unloaded and...