A Shirt in the Market


Write a short note on the Impex garment factory.


The impex garment factory employs mostly women. The workers work on temporary basis. They can be asked to leave any time. Their wages are fixed according to their skills. The highest paid among the workers are the tailors who get about Rs. 3,000 per month. Women are employed as helpers. They are engaged in thread cutting, buttoning, ironing and packaging. They get the lowest wages.


A Shirt in the Market

Q 1.

Who was Swapna?

Q 2.

What do women workers do in the Impex garment factory?

Q 3.

Why did the trader pay Swapna a low price?

Q 4.

Why do you think more women are employedin the Impex garment factory? Discuss.

Q 5.

What are the reasons that the business person is able to make a huge profit in the market?

Q 6.

How are small farmers in the grip of the local trader? [V. Imp.]

Q 7.

Why did Swapna take loan from the local trader?

Q 8.

Who are mostly employed in the Impex garment factory?

Q 9.

In what ways are weavers dependent on cloth merchants?

Q 10.

Did Swapna get a fair price on the cotton?

Q 11.

Whom does the garment exporting factory export the shirts to?

Q 12.

You might have heard of cooperatives in your area. It could be in milk, provisions, paddy, etc. Find out for whose benefit they were set up?

Q 13.

Where do you think large farmers would sell their cotton? How is their situation different from Swapna?

Q 14.

What are the demands foreign buyers make on the garment exporters? Why do the garment exporters agree to these demands?

Q 15.

How do the garment exporters meet the conditions set by the foreign buyers?

Q 16.

Compare the earnings per shirt of the worker in the garment factory, the garment exporter and the business person in the market abroad What do you find?

Q 17.

What is putting-out arrangement? [V. Imp.]

Q 18.

On what condition did the trader agree to give loan to Swapna?

Q 19.

How do weaver's cooperatives reduce the dependence of weavers on the cloth merchants? [V. Imp.]

Q 20.

How does market work move in favour of the rich and powerful? What are the ways to overcome them? (V. Imp.]

Q 21.

Write a short note on the Impex garment factory.

Q 22.

If the weavers were to buy yam on their own and sell cloth, they would probably earn three times more. Do you think this is possible? How? Discuss.

Q 23.

What are the following people doing at the Erode cloth market merchants, weavers, exporters?

Q 24.

Who are involved in putting-out system? How is this system advantageous and disadvantageous for the weavers? [V. Imp.]