Fair Trade – What does it mean?
Mata products are original designs handmade in India and Nepal by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. This means that our producers are paid a livable wage in safe and fair conditions, and do their work at home and in small workshops rather than factories. Services like on-site day-care, medical check-ups, and over-time pay are offered.
To find out more about our producer groups, click here.
Every year thousands of children migrate to the megacities of India to find work and send money back to their families. Providing income to women at poverty level is a way to combat the problem of child labor at its roots. The change can be seen not only in the life of the woman employed by the co-op, but especially in the next generation, and the children the woman can afford to educate.
Our fabrics contain a history and preserve an art. Most are hand block printed with eco-friendly vegetable dyes, supporting an artisan based textile tradition existing in India for centuries.
To learn more about the block making process, click here.
Fair Trade Federation (http://www.fairtradefederation.org/)
Fair Trade Resource Network (http://www.fairtraderesource.org/)
Chicago Fair Trade (http://www.chicagofairtrade.org/)
Green America (http://www.coopamerica.org/)