Garment Workers

Burton Silverman

About 1963

The manufacture of clothing has been—and continues to be—an industry dominated by the labor of women. While work in the textile industry has provided many women with valuable employment, some have been paid low wages and subjected to deplorable work conditions in so-called “sweatshops.”  A student of art history, Silverman cites the 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) as an influence.