Chinese workers become the backbone of Italy's domestic textile industry
The core of the world famous brands Gucci, Dolce u0026 Gabbana and Prada from generation to generation are all haute couture and made in Italy, which means that beautiful and chic handbags are from Milan, high heels are from Rome, pajamas are from Florence, and handicrafts are from Italy. The craftsman is finished. But all this no longer exists. The most sophisticated fashion families in Italy are more and more interested in hiring a large number of cheap Chinese immigrants. They have turned Tuscany, the textile hometown, into an Italian little China. Tuscany is the capital of luxury goods in Italy and home to all major brands. Almost 10% of the luxury goods produced here are directly exported to the UK. The products designed by Italian designers imported from the UK may be made by Chinese immigrants. Chinese immigrants work 12 hours a day and earn only 3 euros per hour, which is only half of the minimum wage. More than 20 years ago, Chinese immigrated to Italy in search of a better life. Now, in this medium-sized city, there are 4,000 haute couture factories and a population of 180,000. In 2000, Chinese entrepreneurs set up camp here, and there are 25,000 low-wage workers. One out of every five of them does not have an identity certificate, at least not on official documents. Although there is no indication that the big fashion family knows that the wages of these contract workers are below the minimum wage, Dolce u0026 Gabbana, Gucci and Prada all declined to comment. Most of the Chinese who first came here worked at home, sewing knitted garments and leather goods for sub-contractors in Italy. These contractors then sold the goods to big-brand designers such as Gucci and Versace. Chinese immigrants quickly became the backbone of the Italian textile industry. They were doing work that the Italians did not want to do, thus ensuring the global competitiveness of Made in Italy.