Ready for a fair-trade fashion revival? Try this cute and comfy hand-crafted dress -- a flattering fit for beautiful women of all shapes and sizes.
Each dress is hand block-printed and sewn by women of Mata Traders of India. Mata works with organizations that educate, employ, and empower women. Mata believes that equality in the workplace is possible in a country as socially stratified as India. Whether a beginner sewer or the marketing director, all the women who make our clothing and accessories have a voice.
- 100% cotton
- Single button closure on back
- Hand wash in cold water separately; dry in shaded area
- Handmade in & fairly traded from India
Sizing in inches Chest Waist Length (Back collar to hem)
S 34/86 28/71 42 / 107
M 36/91 30/76 42 / 107
L 38/96 32/81 43 / 109
XL 40/101 34/86 43 / 109
Made by: Mata Traders
Three best friends with a serious case of wanderlust set out on an around-the-world adventure and landed in Mother India for four months. Enamored with the people, markets, and colorful textiles, they vowed to make the country a part of their life story. This love affair with India has 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 are now sold in 50 states and 12 countries, and provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Mata Traders creates handmade apparel and jewelry; with an emphasis on 'hand.' Some items are sewn with pedal-powered machines due to frequent power-outages, but the producers also spin their own thread, weave cloth, embroider or use traditional wood block printing techniques to decorate fabrics. Each individual woman completes an entire dress, rather than work assembly-line-style; thus when shown a catalog of Mata Trader products, they proudly point to the ones they themselves made.
Mata Traders designs and works with women's cooperatives that are democratically structured, providing benefits to women such as childcare, annual medical check-ups, overtime pay -- even retirement plans. Every link in the production chain is completely managed by the women, and many use their involvement in the co-op as a springboard to becoming socially and politically active in their larger community.