This series of photographs was taken in a textile factory in the town of Ivanovo, some 275 km north-east of Moscow. The town was called the ‘city of brides’ because the population counted a majority of women working in the textile factories.
Already the centre of the textile industry in Russia during the time of the Czars, there were once approximately 30 different plants where all kinds of fabrics were manufactured, mostly from cotton and linen.
In the course of time, mostly due to competition from countries where the cost of labour is low, such as China, they almost all had to close down. At present only a handful of them are still active, but none are expected to last long anymore.
The factory where I made my series was a very big plant, where every step of the process of fabric production was performed, but now it has narrowed its activities to only bleaching and printing.
My intention was to make a portrait of the factory by combining its interiors, the fabrics that are produced and the women doing the work. The fabrics portrayed come from different collections, produced over the years, old and new. The same applies to the images of interiors, where old and newer equipment is shown, and the workers, who are women of different ages.
- Lucia Ganieva