Mata Traders clothing and bags are made with care by women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal that employ over 600 economically disadvantaged artisans. All of our groups are democratically structured organizations that provide benefits like childcare, annual medical check-ups, overtime pay, and community development programs. Women members come from rural, tribal, and urban slum areas and have little or no work skills when they join the co-ops. Most are subsisting below the poverty line and work to earn extra income for their families. Every chain in the production process is completely managed by the women, and many become socially and politically active in their larger communities.
Visit our block printing page to see how the fabrics are made.
Our jewelry is produced by a fair trade organization in India that creates avenues of employment for economically disadvantaged artisans and craftsmen in the home-based sector. The goal of the group is to ensure that the entire jewelry making process is non-exploitive, from bead production to the stringing of the necklaces. They enforce strict health and safety standards by making sure that the communal furnaces used to make glass beads are ventilated properly, and by using dust-sucking chambers for their stone working processes. The group also has a strong commitment to combating child labor in the manufacturing sector.
Click here to read our producers stories