Many of the shoes you see in high street stores are made by women working at home. Homeworking is a standard part of leather footwear production chains.
Thousands of homeworkers work in Tamil Nadu’s leather footwear industry, commonly hand stitching the leather uppers of moccasin or loafer style shoes. These women work long hours for low pay, with no employment security.
This new briefing explores the role of homeworkers in leather footwear production, and in particular the pay and conditions of homeworkers in Tamil Nadu, South India.