For The Frill Of It Dress

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You can't help but have fun wearing our For The Frill Of It Dress with its flowing, flirty fit, handmade in India. Elastic smocking at the v-neck will flatter every bust size, while the empire-smocked waistline and bottom ruffle give a relaxed fit that makes you look fantastic. Bold funky block print patterns make this dress a standout.

Each dress is designed by Mata Traders and hand-crafted by a women's cooperative that is 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.

  • 100% cotton
  • Elastic neckline
  • Hand wash cold, line dry
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from India
Garment Measurements:
Sizing in inches/cm Chest Waist Length
S 35 / 89 29 / 73.6 40 / 101.6
M 37 / 94 31 / 78.7 40 / 101.6
L 40 / 101.6 34 / 86.3 40.5 / 102.9
XL 43 / 109.2 37 / 94 40.5 / 102.9

Too often in the global marketplace, women are given the short end of the economic stick. But at Mata Traders, this fair-trade cooperative's name says it all. 'Mata' is the Hindi word for 'mother.' In rural and slum areas of Nepal and India, women working for Mata Traders are given a child-friendly environment in which to work and an on-site daycare.

Women like Anita, who moved to Mumbai from a rural area where she and her husband tenant-farmed but could not made a living wage, are given an opportunity to earn and improve their lives. Now Anita is able to invest money into their six-year-old son's education.

Co-op members who might not have other opportunities are given training, decent work conditions, plus other benefits – on-site daycare, paid maternity leave, health care, vision testing, and retirement pensions. They also receive lessons in reading, computers, and financial education to help them advance their life skills. Mostly, though, the women are grateful for the life-changing opportunities that a fair wage gives them.

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 wooden block printing techniques to decorate fabrics. Each woman completes an entire dress, individually, they don't work assembly-line-style – thus when shown a catalog of Mata Trader products, they proudly point to the ones they themselves made.

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