About us

We are Mata Traders, an independent fair trade company from Chicago, IL.  We work with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal to produce beautiful hand-made clothing and accessories using traditional hand block-print fabrics and natural dyes.  Our designs are contemporary, young, and fun with bold patterns and lots of hand-stitched details.

Welcome to Mata Traders’ blog! Here you’ll be able to learn more about our Mata world.  We post info about fair trade and the women’s cooperatives that make our products.  We also share reflections from our travels to India and Nepal, past and present.  And, of course, we blog fashion…check in regularly to hear about our fashion inspirations and see our new designs.

Meet Mata’s Bloggers

Maureen Dunn, Michelle King, and Jonit Bookheim spent 4 months in India on a trip around the world in 2004.  Maureen fell in love with shopping in India, and returned the next year to start Mata Traders, importing everything from tapestries to leather shoes.  She realized that her buying power could make an impact on the lives of people struggling with poverty.  On the next trip, Maureen sought out fair trade cooperatives that treat their workers with dignity and respect, giving them a fair wage and benefits such as health care and child care.  Michelle and Jonit supported Maureen in the early years as she started up Mata Traders and now are official partners in the business.

Laura Feldmann– a wardrobe and image consultant, Laura first came to Mata as a design intern from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago.  You’ve probably seen her modeling in our catalogs, several of which she also designed and developed.

Interns: Alex M., Yeojoung, Emily M., Miho, and Alex B. – Super-skilled marketing interns who work hard behind the scenes and really know their fashion. They’ve been creative and inspiring additions to the Mata team!

Mata’s Collection

Shop our most recent collection at matatraders.com.

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