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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

Nov 22, 2021

S5 Ep38 SECONDHAND in BANGLADESH: Progoti, a social enterprise brand, works with leftover materials from the fashion industry produced in Bangladesh - on wholesale fabric markets, over production, and ethical business practices.


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Pre-Loved Podcast: Secondhand in Bangladesh

This episode began when I connected with Nurjahan and Raul of the brand, Progoti, and they described the mission of the brand. Progoti is a social enterprise brand that works with secondary materials leftover from the fashion production process, which are sold in a secondhand market in Bangladesh. They are an ethical and sustainable brand that supports the livelihood and craftsmanship of garment makers in Bangladesh, where Nurjahan, the brand’s founder is from. 

We worked together to create an episode that explores the leftover materials -- the secondary materials -- of the fashion industry in Bangladesh. 

This episode begins with a bit of background about the fabric wholesale markets in Bangladesh, including the Islampur Market, one of the markets where Progoti sources their material. After that introduction, we move into a conversation with Nurjahan and Raul about the brand and the secondhand fashion space in Bangladesh. 

Later on in this episode you will get to hear about the day to day of a fabric vendor working in the secondary markets, and an interview between Nurjahan and Ohidul, Progoti’s flannel salesman who works in Bikrampur Market -- the other secondary market where Progoti sources material. Finally, you will get to hear a conversation between Nurjahan and Shahida -- Shahida is one of the sewists employed by Progoti. 

Both the conversations with Ohidul and Shahida have been generously recorded, transcribed and translated by Nurjahan, an effort which makes this entire episode possible. 

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