Mata Traders is working to make fair trade fashion readily available to consumers through vintage inspired designs and affordable prices. Mata Traders works with artisan groups in India and Nepal providing fair wages, a safe space, and the tools needed for individuals to rise above poverty.
The founder of Mata Traders, Maureen, set out on an around-the-world trip with her college friends Jonit and Michelle, and found inspiration in India. Through their journey, she gained a deeper understanding of the influence each consumer’s purchase can have on global poverty. Maureen started the company over ten years ago, bringing on Jonit and Michelle shortly after to expand Mata’s partnerships with artisan groups in India. Their hope was to "fashion a better world" by empowering both the women who make the clothes and the women who wear the clothes.
Mata Traders' partnering artisan cooperatives provide much more than just a job. With social workers on staff, personal needs are met, health care, paid maternity leave, daycare, and much more is provided for members of the co-ops. On site classes include literacy, computer training, health, and parenting classes allowing the artisans to grow individually.
Mata Traders style celebrates Indian art and technique by incorporating block printing, screen printing, and hand embroidery into the creation of their garments. The fashionable garments are made with care and compassion using high quality materials, crafting much of their apparel with responsibly sourced cotton. Mata Traders is now sold in 50 states and 12 countries which is awesome because they are making fair trade fashion readily available to consumers! YAY!
I've been doing a lot of traveling this summer and was thankful to have my Mata Traders pieces. The cool cotton nature of their garments kept me comfortable while we were walking throughout Europe! The Odessa Trim Top-Midnight by Mata Traders is one of my favorite summer tops. The fit is loose and breezy. And I love the simple pattern that compliments the navy color. My Cecilia Dress Chevron Ikat is the perfect pop of color for wandering the streets of Europe! The fit and flare style fit my body well and YAY the dress has pockets. Ethically made with 100% cotton, I could feel confident wearing this dress. My favorite pair of shorts I took on my trip were the Mata Traders Montague Shorts Navy Stripes. I appreciated the longer style of these shorts because they were great for traveling and still stylish! The navy blue and white went with a lot of the other tops I packed as well.
I've been wearing Mata Traders for a few years and every time I'm impressed with the quality of their apparel. I encourage you to check out their vintage inspired fair trade fashion!