Who is Iqbal and Why I Won’t Buy All the Carpet

Long ago, there was a time in Pakistan when children were sold into debt slavery making carpet for a merchant. When these children got sold, they usually never found their families. Iqbal Masih, one such, was torn from his country home as a young boy and sold to a carpet maker and forced to work a the loom. Life at the carpet factory was cruel and anything but rewarding for the children. Iqbal liberated the kids at factories by causing an uprising and later risked and gave his whole life to save children from working in sweatshops.
Why did I write this? When you build a house, think about where your furniture or carpets come from. Ever thought that that wooden locomotive would be a better fit for your child than that Chinese made matchbox car? Ever wondered what your dog food looks like on a molecular level? Ever wondered where your carpet and tiles came from? Where did the bricks on your house come from? Who embroidered your pillowcases?
And who grew your chocolate and your food product you eat daily? But also, who sewed your carpets? One thing we’re committed to here at denverqueen, the blog of weirdness, is not enriching those who put vulnerable persons in bondage. Therefore, carpet must be factory pressed in the United States or a country that does not have lax regulations on child labor. If a child sewed my carpet, I curse the merchant who forced that child to sit by his/her or their loom daily, for fear the master could punish her for not working fast enough.
This is Iqbal’s work, and we must honor it.

Author: denverqueen

My name is Beth. I'm blind from birth and enjoy the blogging atmosphere. I am a creative person, a musician, a writer, etc. This is me. Take it or leave it.

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