- Brass, glass, & enamel
- 2" x 1" (5.1 x 2.5 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
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.