Sugarcube® is ‘First to Offer‘ Mata Traders in the Philadelphia region since 2010. From hand blocked dresses and colorful jewelery Mata Traders is a perfect compliment to our Fair Trade lines.
Mata products are original designs handmade in India and Nepal by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. This means that their producers are paid a livable wage in safe and fair conditions, and do their work at home and in small workshops rather than factories. Services like on-site day-care, medical check-ups, and over-time pay are offered.
Their fabrics contain a history and preserve an art. Most are hand block printed with eco-friendly vegetable dyes, supporting an artisan based textile tradition existing in India for centuries.
They also use fair trade certified cottons, which means they support small family farms that are paid a fair price for their cotton and follow environmental standards that restrict the use of agrochemicals and encourage sustainability.