These Unpaid Indigenous Farmers Are Helping the World's Richest Man Sell $9,000 Sweaters

  • por: Care2 Team
  • destinatário: Loro Piana and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuittona

In the high Andes of Peru, indigenous communities work grueling hours to harvest vicuña wool, only to be exploited and underpaid by the global luxury fashion brand, Loro Piana. Vicuña wool is considered to be the world's finest and most expensive -- wool sweaters sell for as much as $9,000. Despite the ridiculous price tag, the compensation for harvesting the wool is so low that many farmers end up not getting paid at all. That means these indigenous farmers are working for the world's richest man for free.

Sign the petition to demand that Loro Piana and the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury empire immediately start paying these workers a fair wage.

Despite the soaring prices of Loro Piana's luxury goods, the compensation paid to these indigenous harvesters has sharply declined. It is unconscionable that a brand celebrated for its exclusivity and luxury relies on the underpaid (and often free) labor of indigenous farmers, compelling them to work without compensation under the guise of community obligation.

Vicuña wool was once considered sacred and had historical significance, revered in Indigenous folklore and worn by Incan royalty. Now, locals have such restricted roles in the wool trade that many believe that wearing anything with vicuña wool is banned in the community. Even if they wanted to, community leaders say that they cannot afford the special machinery needed to weave vicuña. The entire situation is a disgusting exploitation of the local indigenous community.

Sign the petition to demand that Loro Piana rectify this injustice by ensuring fair compensation and ethical treatment of the indigenous communities who are the backbone of their vicuña wool production!

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