Yeh's project is directly inspired by a visit to a paper factory in Sanganeer, India that employed hundreds of workers to make shopping bags by the thousands in the exact same process.
Yeh is interested in how much invisible labor is actually invested objects that we do not consider. Bags in the Bay Area now are actually given a value $.10 and are outlawed as useless wasteful. When we think of a handmade object from India, beautiful textiles and jewelry may come to mind, but not the bag that we received in the downtown Macy’s. At the same time, “Handmade” is prioritized in American culture and is tied with premium products. We pay good money to learn crafts such as papermaking, screen printing, letterpress as leisure enrichment activities.
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