Marketplace Handwork of India

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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.ftf-member-logo-compressed

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. 00050025 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




There are some lovely pillows, curtains and table linen available , too.


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“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!


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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6 Responses to Marketplace Handwork of India

  1. reocochran says:

    This was so beautiful and personal. I liked that you featured ‘real’ people along with the lovely wares sold in Indian Market Places! So great that you quoted the woman above, too! She seems to be a caring woman and I liked her philosophy of getting to know the women who make the wares. Smiles, Robin


  2. YellowCable says:

    The program is a good idea..


  3. Nice write up! Like their philosophy and the work they are doing.


  4. kyangel17 says:

    My friend Nivadeta wore a size 1. I didn’t know clothes came in that size over here, but she had to buy her clothes online, because in our town no one is that size. I felt so huge beside her and I was a size 6 at the time (later gained a lot when I retired). Lost all the excess I gained and am now back to the 6, and having trouble finding that size here, so I’m thinking about shopping in the children’s department. Just don’t like their clothes these days.


  5. i*Kan says:

    What a great initiative!


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