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We first discovered the women’s co-op at the World Social Forum, an international conference of over 100,000 people representing the grassroots community from all over South East Asia and the World.
At the time, the co-op was creating children's toys but was interested into moving more into fashion. We were struck by the gorgeous hand block printed fabrics and detailed embroidery. As supporters of fair trade we had often found it difficult to find fashionable fair trade clothes in the North American market.
We saw fashionable fair trade clothing as a powerful way to help grow the fair trade movement and to help the women from the co-op craft their own economic independence.
In a world where it is increasingly difficult to know the origins of the products we wear and consume, fair trade connects us to the people and stories behind the products. Fair Trade provides a viable alternative by upholding a trade system that values human dignity and sustainability.
We hope that you will enjoy our fair trade fashions. Many people who encounter our products say that the fabrics carry an energy with them. What people are recognizing is the beauty and in these handcrafted products, made from women who are working in safe conditions, making a fair wage.
The vibrant colors of the hand block printed fabrics and the skill of the embroidery are unlike the garments we so often encounter in North America today. It is a powerful statement when a person chooses to buy fair trade and vote with their dollars to support a fair trade world.
By providing fashionable fair trade clothes, we hope to make the decision to buy fair trade an easy one.
Thank you for supporting fair trade!
The Fabrics We Use
Marigold uses fabrics that are vegetable dyed and handblock printed to
accent our naturally dyed organic cotton. Hand block printing is an
age-old artisian tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India,
but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing.
We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing
to bring you clothing that is a work of art created by hand.
Impacts of Fair Trade:
In this slideshow we share some of the images of the organic cotton farmers and hand block printers...
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