How we make stuff

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Where do clothes come from?

Our clothes are produced by lots of people, from farmers to fashion designers and factory workers. They are made from long strands of material called fibres. Natural fibres such as cotton and wool come from plants and animals, while many artificial fibres such as polyester are made from crude oil! Let’s look at a pair of jeans.

Based on the original book ‘How We Make Stuff’ by Christiane Dorion, Templar Publishing, 2012.
Website text by Christiane Dorion - Design by Harriet Pellereau.

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