The mood of fashion this summer is easy, breezy and comfortable. The thought of ironing makes me swoon in this heat, so I personally tend to gravitate toward easy care fabrics that either shake out or look better a bit rumpled. Lucky for me, I found the perfect summer go-anywhere dress from Mata Traders. Pictured here in mint green, the Cadeau dress is a knit tank dress with a perky polka dot skirt. The fabric is not only adorable, it also contains a history and preserves an art. Hand block printed with eco-friendly vegetable dyes, this is an artisan based textile tradition existing in India for centuries.
Ultra flattering, the top has a razor back and the skirt hits just at the knee. I love that this dress does double or even triple duty. Wear it for a fun barbeque or outdoor party, as a quick beach cover-up, or even with a cardi and slides for dress down Friday at work! Retail $52.00
Mata Traders is my new secret style weapon against the ongoing sluggish economy because it’s such a great resource for all sorts of wonderful, fashionable pieces that won’t break the bank. From accessories, to bags, to all types of clothing and even fun jewelry you’ll find it there.
But Mata Traders offers more than just great style. The company actually empowers women around the globe because Mata Traders works with organizations that educate and employ women.
Mata products are original designs handmade in India by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. This means that their 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 even over-time pay are offered!
According to company reps, “Mata Traders’ journey in fair trade fashion began in 2007 with a simple question: “Is this fair trade?” Almost immediately, we were driven to produce responsibly, seeking out partnerships with fair trade organizations that could make ethical production a scalable reality. Prioritization of worker well-being and respect for handmade artistry had us hooked from the start.”
Mata even uses fair trade certified cottons, which means that they support small family farms that are paid a fair price for their cotton and follow environmental standards that restrict the use of agrochemicals and encourage sustainability.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy …
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PHOTO: Used with permission by Mata Traders.
DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this Go-Anywhere Summer Dress from Mata Traders post. I did, however, receive a sample of the dress mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product and provide an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers.