NOT FOR SYNDICATION . Kuswati, 20, who was born with no arms. Working at home outside the town of Purbalingga, she makes false eyelashes for a company supplying the US fashion market. She uses her toes to knit the individual hairs onto a piece of thread stretched across her small wooden loom. She makes 20 pairs of eyebrows a day, and is paid 1p [$0.02] for each one.
The international hub of the false eyelash industry is the town of Purbalingga in Central Java, Indonesia, where young women work for as little as 20p a day making the must-have fashion accessory.
The minimum legal wage for those making the lashes is £50 a month, but in small workshops outside the main factories wages are barely half this amount. Workers there are paid, on average, about 2p [$0.03] for every pair of eyelashes they make for some of the largest international fashion companies, including British market leader Eylure, L'Oréal, Shu Uemura, MAC, Kiss, Make Up For Ever and Maybelline.