The fourth chapter is our introduction to China. Fittingly, it is here we learn more about cotton processing. We are reminded that nothing is as simple as it seems (why do we still need reminding about this? – it’s always true). There are many steps taken between harvesting raw cotton and making t-shirts. There are many forms of cotton itself. This point is nicely made by comparing what the general term “cotton” means to specialists and what “snow” means to Eskimos. (67) To experts, at least, “cotton” by itself means very little.
This is part of a chapter by chapter reaction to The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.
- Introduction to the T-Shirt Travels Review
- Chapter 1: Cotton and T-Shirts
- Chapter 2: Cotton, T-Shirts and Technology
- Chapter 3: Tees and Dream Teams
- Chapter 4: T-shirts and Eskimos
- Chapter 5: Apparel and the Industrial Revolution
- Chapter 6: T-Shirt Globalization
- Chapter 7: The Snarling Army
- Chapter 8: Are T-shirts Actually Too Expensive?
- Chapter 9: T-Shirt Quotas
- Chapter 10: Lifecycle of a T-shirt
- Chapter 11: Final Chapter – Final Thoughts