101 Dalmatians Haitian Pajamas


In 1997 these pajamas were exhibited by the National Labor Committee to raise awareness regarding the downside of global apparel production. They complained that H.H. Cutler, a subcontractor to apparel producer VF Corporation, under license from the Walt Disney Corporation, was exploiting Haitian workers as they made 101 Dalmatians themed goods for the U.S. retail market. The company only paid $0.06 per piece ($0.42 per hour) for every pair of 101 Dalmatians pajamas ($19.99 at retail).

At the Walt Disney Company’s 1997 annual meeting, Progressive Asset Management, Inc., brought to a vote a shareholder resolution governing suppliers' labor practices. Although the resolution did not pass, it received surprisingly strong shareholder support (39 million shares, or 8.3 percent). Subsequently, Disney pledged to issue and post a contractor code of conduct and authorize audits and inspections of all contract facilities. Disney garment contractor H.H. Cutler then pulled out of production in Haiti.

Maker: Disney

Location: Currently not on view (pants)Currently not on view

Place Made: Haiti

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Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: Gift of National Labor Committee

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0150.01Catalog Number: 2013.0150.01Accession Number: 2013.0150Catalog Number: 2013.0150.01a2013.0150.01b

Object Name: pajamas

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)cotton (overall material)red (shirt color)red (pant color)polyester (overall material)acrylic (overall material)white (shirt color)Measurements: shirt: 20 in x 20 in x 3/4 in; 50.8 cm x 50.8 cm x 1.905 cmpants: 31 1/2 in x 15 in x 3/4 in; 80.01 cm x 38.1 cm x 1.905 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-2553-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1330028

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