My friend Judy shared this catalog with me when I admired a jacket she was wearing. We had laughingly discussed how the Indian clothes are not designed for the Western figure. Indian women wear their tops tightly fitted over their boyish chests! Even when I was measured by a tailor and I had tried to indicate I like loser fitting bodices, he nodded but it was tight when it was finished. This catalog with authentic Indian designs and manufacture takes that into consideration as you can see by the sizes. Most Indian women are small or possibly medium.
Marketplace Handwork of India is accredited by Fair Trade Federation and is a World Fair Trade Organization. The artisans receive fair wages for their daily work. The women involved are leaning about the laws already in place in India against domestic violence and the steps they can take to insure their rights. This is an example of an organization discussed in yesterday’s post.
They are also instructed about the laws that insure fair prices for food. Many shop keepers charge the poor more than their richer customers. If you like Marketplace on FB you will get authentic Indian recipes that these women use daily, and much more such as signing up to receive the catalog and get news about the artisans , as well as sale notices and promotions.
There are some lovely pillows, curtains and table linen available , too.
“The power in the best sense of the word, power to reach one’s potential, and power to bring about change. And all this comes from making unique, beautiful clothes.”
Post Script: I looked in the catalog and couldn’t find if there is shipping out of the US, so I am thinking not. I just checked fabindia and they are now shipping to Italy and other countries but not Canada or US , yet.
MarketPlace. . . .Another Shopping Opportunity As Well As Helping Indian Families!