Ethical Fashion Blog

News from Bihar, where our beads come from
Looks like there are signs of improvement in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states and the location of many of our bead producer groups.  Bihar has one of the lowest wage rates in the country and bead production is a big industry there.  The cool thing about the organization that makes our jewelry is that they ensure that even the beads themselves are ethically sourced.  They cut out the middle man and work directly with bead producers to pay them a livable wage that is often 3-5 times higher than the minimum wage in the area.  They also make sure that health and safety precautions are followed and no child labor is used.
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Maureen speaks at Green Fest
Do you know where your shirt was made? And under what conditions? Mata Traders is transforming the garment industry, proving it is possible to work with small-scale producers and pay a living wage, all while creating a product that sells.
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Mata Spring Begins!
Just arrived from India this week, our new line has got us looking forward to warm weather.  New dresses, jackets, skirts, and tops in the bold block print fabrics we're known for.  Lots of hand-stitched details.  Plus cute accessories, like headbands, scarves, and bags.  Beautiful new jewelry, too.
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Welcome to Mata Traders' blog!

We'll use this space so you can learn more about Mata Traders and the women's cooperatives and artisans that make our clothes and jewelry. Please check back here often for stories and pictures from our travels in India, anecdotes about starting up a small business, information on fair trade, and discussion of the latest fashion.  We'll also use this space to offer special deals on our fair trade clothing and accessories and to announce events where we'll be selling our line.

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