Ellie and I have been so impressed with the styles and craftsmanship of fair-trade fashion brand, Mata Traders. Their timeless styles are flattering and unique since their prints are hand block printed, hand screen printed, or hand embroidered. And yay, sleeves! I have a tendency to thrift lots of tank dresses, so I’m always happy to find complimentary silhouettes that include sleeves.
Mata Traders started with three best friends who visited India for four months. They were so enamored with the people, markets, and textiles that they vowed to make the country a part of their life story.
A love affair with India evolved into Mata Traders – a design driven, fair trade brand helping to end global poverty and inspire ethical companies and consumers to change the fashion industry. Made by artisans in India and Nepal, their colorfully original designs provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities. Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equity and empowering women.
The artisan cooperatives are similar to social service agencies in the support they provide to end the cycle of poverty for the members and their families. Health care, paid maternity leave, retirement pensions, and daycare: all part of the membership package. Social workers on staff assist the artisans in addressing their personal needs, from opening a bank account to situations of domestic violence and dealing with HIV/AIDS. There are literacy classes, computer training, and regular workshops on topics like hygiene, nutrition, and parenting.
By partnering with fair trade organizations, they ensure that there is no child labor used in the production of their products. But more than that, fair trade is a preventative measure. Every year thousands of children migrate to the megacities of India to find work and send money back to their families. Providing a stable income to women at the poverty level is a way to combat the problem of child labor at its roots. The change can be seen not only in the lives of the women employed by the co-op, but in the next generation, the children the they can afford to educate.
We are so inspired by their ability to combine beauty and empowerment. The women at the cooperatives have experienced such transformative life change by using their skills to make the clothing that Mata Traders carries. We are so excited to be giving away a $100 gift card to Mata Traders so that one of you can experience their beautiful clothing firsthand!
Also, if you are a Dressember participant, you can get 20% off regularly priced items with the code ‘DRESSEMBER’!
Please enter to win a $100 gift card to Mata Traders by using the giveaway interface below. You can enter once a day with the Facebook and Twitter entry options, so come back and enter again to raise your chances of winning! Contest ends at Midnight CST on Sunday, December 6th. Good luck!
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