Ready for a Fair Trade Fourth?
As we all prepare our celebrations of freedom on this upcoming 4th of July, we are gearing up for more than just hotdogs and fireworks – preparing the perfect outfit takes time and effort! The good news is that we’re here (right on Burnet Road) to help. Take a look below at some of our favorite pieces for the Fourth.
The enthusiastic party-goer won’t be caught dead on the 4th without the celebratory reds, whites and blues. The dress above was produced by mothers, sisters, talented entrepreneurs and community leaders in Ghana. Using traditional techniques, the extensive Global Mamas network seeks to achieve prosperity by creating and selling handcrafted products.
The earrings and necklace pictured are the product of SAFFY, Inc., which markets handmade crafts for many small artisan workshops and specializes in the capiz shell items you see above. SAFFY creates alternative sources of livelihood for impoverished women and youth in marginalized areas of Manila.
The tie dye cotton bag is the product of Ankur Kala cooperative in India, which provides self-employment to destitute women by helping them produce and sell tailored articles, batik handicrafts and food products.
Switch red for blue with a color inversion of the first outfit! The dress above is brought to you by Mata Traders, an ethical fashion brand that employs over 600 artisans in women’s cooperatives across India and Nepal. Each garment is uniquely hand-crafted using traditional weaving techniques, then block-printed using eco-friendly vegetable dyes.
The jewelry set is the product of Indian nonprofit organization MESH (Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped), and is handcrafted by village women in south India. The bag comes from Matr Boomie, a fair trade organization based right here in Austin that works with approximately 20,000 artisans throughout India to create opportunities for women and minorities.
Comfortable pants and a blouse make for a more casual approach to the Fourth’s festivities. The peasant blouse pictured here is brought to you by Sevya, an organization working with co-operatives and artisan groups throughout India with little access to marketing avenues. All members of the co-ops share the profits equally, meaning that your small investment has a far reach.
The pants above come from Serrv, another nonprofit organization which seeks to eradicate poverty by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. The Good Companion scarf pictured is another hand dyed product from Ankur Kala in India.
By investing in a fair trade outfit, you are investing in women and disadvantaged artisans worldwide. Celebrate freedom this Fourth of July by spreading that good fortune through fair trade. We’d love to help you style the perfect ethical outfit – stop by the store this week for some inspiration!