Mata Traders - Fashion
Mata Traders is a fair trade fashion label striving to end global poverty and produce sustainable fashion by sourcing its garments from India and Nepal, where the company employs women from marginalized communities. The women work at artisan cooperatives that provide childcare, healthcare, paid maternity leave, and education on subjects such as opening a bank account, literacy classes, computer training, and dealing with domestic violence. These services are imperative because they help prevent child labor and gender inequality in countries where these issues are rampant. Mata ensures that child labor practices are not involved in the production of its products. The artisans who work for Mata are paid living wages, allowing them to provide for their children, thus combatting child labor at its source. The co-ops also use traditional printing and embroidery techniques, preserving an ancient art that is being phased out by globalization and fast-fashion.
The fast-fashion industry is wreaking havoc on the environment and promotes abhorrent labor practices. The industry fuels an anxiety that consumers must keep up with the latest trends. Consumers feel compelled to replace their clothing, and the cycle repeats. Mata Traders is intervening at the root of the problem and offers an alternative to clothing from fast-fashion retailers.