It's an interesting idea to follow a T-shirt from its birth to its death (or reincarnation in some cases). One discovers that there is so much more than just market forces at work - politics mainly. The old arguments of free trade versus protectionism now sound so inadequate, once you realize that the intricacies in the manufacture and transportation of T-shirts are full of twists and surprises.
The most interesting, and largely unknown, story is the mitumba, the bundles of used clothing cast off by Americans and sent to Africa. It's wonderful to read how castoffs actually live a second (and even more interesting) life in vibrant African markets....Continua