Where do discarded clothes go?
In a small industrial town in Northern India, Panipat, hundreds of antiquated spinning mills recycle old, unwanted clothes from Western countries back into yarn. Unravel, a short film directed by Meghna Gupta in collaboration with Lucy Norris, an anthropologist who has worked extensively on used clothing markets in India, follows the clothes on a journey across India, revealing how Western consumption habits are seen on the other side of the globe.
Reshma, a worker in one of these recycling mills, dreams of travelling to the countries the cast off clothes are from. While she and other women work, they construct an image of the West relying solely on imagination: "Maybe the water is too expensive to wash their clothes?..."
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