Mata Traders


Although I don't have a completely green wardrobe I do try to support fair trades companies when I can--whether it be Christmas gifts for family or clothes for myself. This month I'm very excited to be working with Mata Traders, a fair trade company based out of India that seeks to educate, employ, and empower women. Their online shop carries beautiful handmade clothes, jewelry, and home decor. This lovely boat dress (which got a bit wrinkly in my suitcase!) is one such creation from them--a dress made in India, shipped to the US, and finally worn in Loughgall, Northern Ireland; it's quite the world traveler. I definitely recommend checking out their shop which is well stocked with some of the prettiest print dresses and basic skirts.

Outfit details:
thrifted belt
Seychelles oxfords
Zara purse
*pictures by Thomas

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15 comments:

  1. Love your lip color!
    xx Chloe
    http://topknotsandpolkadots.wordpress.com

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  2. cute outfit and amazing pics!
    X

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  3. your hair looks great here!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  4. I love companies like that as well. Another great one to check out if you have time is 1000 Shillings! Most of the women they work with are from various countries in Africa but they have a similar mission :)
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  5. This outfit is so pretty and the setting is stunning! The shoes are really nice :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I'm so glad I foudn your blog! Your style is perfection, and you're so adorable! ♥ *sighs*

    Love,
    Lottie | Little Once Upon a Time

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  7. there's not _necessarily_ a connection between "green" and "fair trade," although there sometimes is in practice. one implies sustainability, another fair pay for work. in fact, the whole global trade of goods like clothes, in which they are manufactured in an impoverished nation, shipped elsewhere for distribution, then shipped still elsewhere for the customer, implies a great deal of transit which means a lot of fuel. unless the product is really meeting economies of scale, that can mean that while the product itself is green/sustainable, the net effect may still be damaging to the environment. that doesn't necessarily mean your garments are _not_ "green," but it's worth untangling the different aspects of the "conscious" lifestylism that's presently in fashion. the greenist thing would be to make your own clothes and wear them for a long time, but of course we in the west have long since learned to live a different way, alas.

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  8. I should add that the greenest thing would probably be to use recycled garments aka vintage :) -- esp. if they have been locally sourced. sorry I know you know this -- I sound like a scold -- but just clarifying.

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  9. @Anonymous, Ah yes I definitely see your point that sentence was poorly phrased--I think in my head I was thinking of what is "green" in my wardrobe AND how I can be better by additionally focusing on fair trade clothes, but they came out rather mixed. It is a good point to make that the two are quite distinct and it is important in the fashion dialogue to care about these things rather than just throw out terms in an effort to sound conscientious.

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  10. What a fantastic dress for spending a day out on/by the lake! Conjures up lovely daydreams of summertime. :)

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  11. so pretty! i loooove mata traders!!

    -Leeds
    at this volume

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  12. so pretty,
    i adore your dress!

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  13. Thank you for the recommendation! I wound up visiting their site and buying a dress on sale. I like that they have longer-length dresses.

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