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Producing Clothes in Asia - 10 Jul 2013
Recent and archive images of workers at garment factories across Asia.

With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City,"
but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh.
Indian and Southeast Asian apparel manufacturers had hoped the orders would come flooding in, after the deadly collapse of
a Bangladesh garment factory complex this year galvanised global brands such as Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) to consider
relocating production. But several industry organisations and factories contacted by Reuters in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India - Asia's top apparel makers outside China - said international retailers were not beating a path to their door
just yet. When it comes to price, Bangladesh is king.
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I2G
July 09, 2013
Employees work in the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June...
Tirupur, India
Employees work in the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
Employees work in the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I2I
July 09, 2013
An employee sorts newly finished T-shirts at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur in the southern Indian...
Tirupur, India
An employee sorts newly finished T-shirts at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
An employee sorts newly finished T-shirts at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I2F
July 09, 2013
Employees work at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June...
Tirupur, India
Employees work at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
Employees work at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I2B
July 09, 2013
An employee sorts pieces of cloth at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state...
Tirupur, India
An employee sorts pieces of cloth at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
An employee sorts pieces of cloth at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I2A
July 09, 2013
Employees sort clothes before packing them at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian...
Tirupur, India
Employees sort clothes before packing them at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
Employees sort clothes before packing them at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
BANGLADESH-GARMENTS/ALTERNATIVES
RTX11I29
July 09, 2013
Employees sew clothes at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil...
Tirupur, India
Employees sew clothes at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur
Employees sew clothes at the Estee garment factory in Tirupur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu June 19, 2013. With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India's garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname "Dollar City," but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one U.S. cent pales before Bangladesh. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH-WALMART/
RTXZMNJ
May 14, 2013
The clothing tag on a boy's shirt which is made in Bangladesh is shown after purchase from a Walmart...
Encinitas, UNITED STATES
Clothing made in Bangladesh is shown after purchase from a Walmart store in California
The clothing tag on a boy's shirt which is made in Bangladesh is shown after purchase from a Walmart store in Encinitas, California, May 14, 2013. Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it would conduct in-depth safety inspections at all 279 Bangladesh factories with which it works and publicly release the names and inspection information, as pressure mounts on retailers to ensure worker safety after April's deadly building collapse. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
INDONESIA-ECONOMY/
RTR368WA
August 06, 2012
A worker makes clothes in a factory at Cakung, a small industrial settlement in Jakarta August 6, 2012....
Jakarta, Indonesia
A worker makes clothes in a factory at Cakung, a small industrial settlement in Jakarta
A worker makes clothes in a factory at Cakung, a small industrial settlement in Jakarta August 6, 2012. Indonesia's economic growth surprisingly picked up in the second quarter of this year, signalling that Southeast Asia remains resilient to the global slowdown. Indonesia's statistics bureau said gross domestic product growth last quarter was 6.4 percent from a year earlier against 6.3 percent in the first quarter, helped by domestic consumption and investment. GDP grew by 2.8 percent on a quarterly basis, although the figures are not seasonally adjusted. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: BUSINESS TEXTILE)
BANGLADESH/
RTXZ8CA
May 03, 2013
Women work at Goldtex Limited garment factory inside the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar...
Savar, Bangladesh
Women work at Goldtex Limited garment factory inside the Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Savar
Women work at Goldtex Limited garment factory inside the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar April 11, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: BUSINESS TEXTILE)
INDIA/
RTR2XL86
February 10, 2012
A worker arranges a saree, a traditional cloth used for women's clothing, as it is hung out to dry after...
multiple cities, India
A worker arranges a saree as it is hung out to dry after dyeing it at a workshop in Shardarpara village,...
A worker arranges a saree, a traditional cloth used for women's clothing, as it is hung out to dry after dyeing it at a workshop in Shardarpara village, south of Kolkata February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS TEXTILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
CHINA/
RTXVCEH
December 03, 2010
An employee works at a clothes factory in Huaxi village, at Jiangsu province December 3, 2010. In China's...
multiple cities, China
An employee works at a clothes factory in Huaxi village, at Jiangsu province
An employee works at a clothes factory in Huaxi village, at Jiangsu province December 3, 2010. In China's richest village of Huaxi, a booming market town of 36,000 in the affluent eastern province of Jiangsu, every family has at least one house, two cars and
$250,000 in the bank. Officials from elsewhere in China tour Huaxi to find out how this once sleepy village, just 576 residents in the 1950s, is now so rich and
why non-local businessmen would donate million-dollar factories to buy the privilege of a local residence permit. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY)
CHINA-SAFETY/
RTR1T4V8
August 27, 2007
A labourer works on garments for export at the production line of a garment factory in Shanghai August...
Shanghai, China
A labourer works on garments for export at the production line of a garment factory in Shanghai
A labourer works on garments for export at the production line of a garment factory in Shanghai August 27, 2007. China on Monday blamed differing national standards, misleading statistics and lack of communication for some of the product safety scares that have alarmed foreign consumers, promising to punish manufacturers who flout rules. REUTERS/Aly Song ( CHINA)
CHINA-POWER/
RTR2NFSM
June 08, 2011
Scissors are left at the Yiwu Lianfa clothing factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province June 8, 2011. Like many...
Yiwu, China
Scissors are left at the Yiwu Lianfa clothing factory in Yiwu
Scissors are left at the Yiwu Lianfa clothing factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province June 8, 2011. Like many other Chinese factories, Lianfa has been forced to scale down production to save energy. The factory's owner says he has implemented a work schedule of two days on, one day off. China appears to be heading for its worst power shortage since 2004, putting pressure on already squeezed industries and raising the possibility that the world's second-largest economy will turn into a net importer of diesel. Central, southern, southwestern and eastern provinces have introduced power use restrictions and rationing since late March, well ahead of the peak demand season in summer, stoking worries that shortages could worsen and spread to more regions. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)
CAMBODIA-GARMENTS/
RTR2H2WR
August 06, 2010
Employees work at the W & D Cambodia Co. Limited garment factory in Phnom Penh August 6, 2010. Cambodian...
Phnom Penh, United Kingdom
Employees work at the W & D Cambodia Co. Limited garment factory in Phnom Penh
Employees work at the W & D Cambodia Co. Limited garment factory in Phnom Penh August 6, 2010. Cambodian garment exports rose 12 percent in the first half of 2010 compared with the same period last year, hitting $1.25 billion thanks to a recovery in the U.S. market, an independent think tank said on Thursday. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GF2EA5U0ZX001
CHINA-MIGRANTS/
RTR2O88Y
June 28, 2011
Jeans are seen in Dadun village in Zengcheng near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou June 20, 2011,...
Zengcheng, China
To match Special Report CHINA-MIGRANTS/
Jeans are seen in Dadun village in Zengcheng near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou June 20, 2011, one week after militia fired tear gas in this factory town to quell rioting over the abuse of a pregnant street hawker who became a symbol of simmering grassroots discontent. Picture taken June 20, 2011. To match Special Report CHINA-MIGRANTS/ REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
BANGLADESH/
RTR2FVVV
June 29, 2010
Monjila Akhter (L) works in a garment factory in Gazipur May 11, 2010. Monjila earns about 1662 taka...
Gazipur, Bangladesh
Monjila Akhter works in a garment factory in Gazipur
Monjila Akhter (L) works in a garment factory in Gazipur May 11, 2010. Monjila earns about 1662 taka ($24) per month. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY)
USA-CHINA/
RTXWO1O
January 17, 2011
An employee packs pants that will be exported to the U.S. and Canada, at a garment factory of Weimi Clothing...
Hefei, China
An employee packs pants that will be exported to the U.S. and Canada, at a garment factory of Weimi Clothing...
An employee packs pants that will be exported to the U.S. and Canada, at a garment factory of Weimi Clothing Co. Ltd in Hefei, Anhui province January 17, 2011. Chinese President Hu Jintao visits the United States on Jan. 18-21 for a visit that is being billed as the most important U.S.-China summit since Deng Xiaoping's visit to Washington 30 years ago. U.S. President Barack Obama and Hu are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including stability on the Korean peninsula and simmering tensions over a ballooning trade gap. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
INDONESIA/
RTR2GDED
July 13, 2010
An Indonesian female worker sews a pair of jeans at a factory in Perkampungan Industri Kecil area, in...
Jakarta, Indonesia
An Indonesian female worker sews a pair of jeans at a factory in Perkampungan Industri Kecil area
An Indonesian female worker sews a pair of jeans at a factory in Perkampungan Industri Kecil area, in Jakarta, July 13, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
INDIA-POWER/
RTR3ETS5
March 10, 2013
A worker takes a nap during a power cut in front of yarn-spinning equipment inside a factory in Coimbatore,...
Coimbatore, India
A worker takes a nap during a power cut in front of yarn-spinning equipment inside a factory in Coimbatore...
A worker takes a nap during a power cut in front of yarn-spinning equipment inside a factory in Coimbatore, about 500 km (310 miles) from the southern Indian city of Chennai, January 8, 2013. Crippling power cuts in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are shutting factories and threatening an industrial debt crisis that is wrecking its second-largest city's plan to become the country's next business Mecca. Picture taken January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY)
PAKISTAN-BANGLADESH/TEXTILES
RTR2QJUN
August 30, 2011
A female worker inspects the fabric for quality at a garment factory in Faisalabad, located in Pakistan's...
Faisalabad, Pakistan
To match Feature PAKISTAN-BANGLADESH/TEXTILES
A female worker inspects the fabric for quality at a garment factory in Faisalabad, located in Pakistan's Punjab province August 23, 2011. Pakistan's textile industry accounts for 38 percent of workers in the manufacturing sector and over half of its exports, which stood at nearly $25 billion in fiscal 2010/11. But these are tough times for Pakistan's once-thriving textiles industry. The long-running energy crisis along with security concerns in a country plagued by militancy and political violence have taken a heavy toll. Now it faces a new threat: competition from Bangladesh. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature PAKISTAN-BANGLADESH/TEXTILES REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TEXTILE)
SRILANKA-EU/
RTR2G5D6
July 06, 2010
A man brushes denim trousers at a Dial Textile Industrial factory in Katunayake, about 31 km (19 miles)...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
A man brushes denim trousers at a Dial Textile Industrial factory in Katunayake
A man brushes denim trousers at a Dial Textile Industrial factory in Katunayake, about 31 km (19 miles) north of Colombo, July 6, 2010. The European Union on Monday confirmed Sri Lanka would temporarily lose access to the GSP Plus trade scheme on August 15, after the Indian Ocean island nation refused to make written pledges to improve its human rights record. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
TEXTILES ASIA
RTREJIN
June 15, 2005
A worker hangs clothes to dry on the roof of a garment factory in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on June...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
To match feature Textiles-Asia.
A worker hangs clothes to dry on the roof of a garment factory in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on June 15, 2005. Across Bangladesh, hundreds of small clothing factories have closed or slashed jobs following the January expiry of worldwide export quotas allowed under the Multi-Fibre Agreement (MFA), which had regulated the global clothing trade. Under the MFA, major markets in the United States and Europe guaranteed imports of textiles and garments from poor countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka under a quota system. Picture taken June 15, 2005. To match feature Textiles-Asia REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman RR/SA
CHINA
RTR1IZO9
November 04, 2006
A labourer works inside a costume factory in Xunhua county, northwestern China's Qinghai province November...
Xunhua, China
A labourer works inside costume factory in Xunhua county
A labourer works inside a costume factory in Xunhua county, northwestern China's Qinghai province November 4, 2006. China, the world's largest producer and exporter of textile products, is expecting a 10.5 percent rise in its cotton production this year, the National Reform and Development Commission said, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Simon Zo (CHINA)
CAMBODIA-GARMENTS/
RTXD3N9
March 23, 2009
A Cambodian garment worker inspects checks children's clothing at a factory in Phnom Penh February 26,...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
To match feature CAMBODIA-GARMENTS/
A Cambodian garment worker inspects checks children's clothing at a factory in Phnom Penh February 26, 2009. Many garment factories in Cambodia are closing as shoppers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere cut back on clothing purchases due to the global financial crisis. Picture taken February 26, 2009. To match feature CAMBODIA-GARMENTS/ REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA BUSINESS)
PHILIPPINES/
RTXZ5RB
May 01, 2013
A garment worker irons a newly sewn maternity dress at a factory of Additional Pelf Joys Trading Corp....
Taytay, Philippines
A garment worker irons a newly sewn maternity dress at a factory of Additional Pelf Joys Trading Corp....
A garment worker irons a newly sewn maternity dress at a factory of Additional Pelf Joys Trading Corp. at Taytay city, Rizal province, east of Manila May 1, 2013. Organised labour groups marched on Wednesday to demand wage increase after President Benigno Aquino announced a package of non-cash benefits instead of wage increase to workers, including garment workers, on Labour Day. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TEXTILE EMPLOYMENT)
VIETNAM/
RTR2VVFQ
January 04, 2012
Labourers work at a factory of Viet Huy garment company in Thuong Tin district, 20 km (12.5 miles) south...
THUONG TIN, Vietnam
Labourers work at a factory of Viet Huy garment company in Thuong Tin district, south of Hanoi
Labourers work at a factory of Viet Huy garment company in Thuong Tin district, 20 km (12.5 miles) south of Hanoi January 4, 2012. Vietnam's export of textiles and garments last year jumped 25 percent from 2010 to $14.03 billion, making it the biggest export item of the country, government statistics show. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: BUSINESS TEXTILE)
INDONESIA/
RTR1VVOC
January 16, 2008
A worker holds a traditional Javanese textile called Batik as he checks its quality at a workshop in...
Solo, Indonesia
A worker holds traditional Javanese textile called Batik as he checks its quality at workshop in Solo...
A worker holds a traditional Javanese textile called Batik as he checks its quality at a workshop in Solo, Indonesia's Central Java province, January 16, 2008. A number of textile companies plan to build new garment factories with a total investment of IDR 1.1 trillion (US$122 million) this year, Benny Soetrisno the chairman of Indonesian Textile Association (API) said last week. In 2007, Indonesia exported 380,000 tons of garment valued at US$5.97 billion or an increase of 13.2% from the previous year. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA)
USA-CHINA/TRADE
RTXWMDS
January 16, 2011
An employee sews a piece of cloth at a garment factory of Hefei Shichao Clothing Co. Ltd in Hefei, Anhui...
Hefei, China
An employee sews a piece of cloth at a garment factory of Hefei Shichao Clothing Co. Ltd in Hefei
An employee sews a piece of cloth at a garment factory of Hefei Shichao Clothing Co. Ltd in Hefei, Anhui province January 16, 2011. Chinese President Hu Jintao will bring new business deals and possible commitments to buy U.S. beef and software when he visits Washington next week, a U.S. business group said on Friday. The products of this factory will be exported to the U.S. and Canada. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS EMPLOYMENT)
SRILANKA- EU TRADE
RTR2ACWN
February 16, 2010
A women irons cloth in a Brandix garment factory, which exports many of the items to the European Union,...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
File photo of a woman ironing cloth in a Brandix garment factory in Colombo
A women irons cloth in a Brandix garment factory, which exports many of the items to the European Union, in Colombo, October 1, 2009. The European Union on Monday said they will withdraw preferential trade benefits to Sri Lanka because of concerns about the south Asian island's human rights record. Suspension of the preferential tariffs could hit Sri Lanka's booming textile industry hard with the country earning a record $3.47 billion from exports of clothing to EU markets in 2008, the largest source of its foreign currency earnings. Picture taken October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
ASIA EU TRADE
RTR17J6H
March 23, 2006
A pair of shoes is stuffed in the handles of a factory door in Hanoi March 23, 2006. The Vietnam Leather...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Pair of shoes stuffed in handles of factory door in Hanoi
A pair of shoes is stuffed in the handles of a factory door in Hanoi March 23, 2006. The Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association said the industry workforce would face serious job losses due to a recent decision by the European Union to impose high anti-dumping tariffs on shoes made in Vietnam, a local newspaper reported. REUTERS/Kham
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