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The Moral Wardrobe: a Whole Lotta Mata (Traders)

Mata Traders works with women’s co-ops in India to produce their line of festive, feminine dresses, skirts, blouses, and jewelry. They sent me the Maxwell Midi Skirt and the Layered Amulet Necklace from their Spring 2016 line to wear and review. I love the updated designs and the versatility of these items.

First, the hand block printed geometric design on the skirt is graphic without being too busy, and it pairs well with my overabundance of Everlane tees. The length is great for work, where I often have to lift boxes and pick up dust bunnies, and the necklace adds a thoughtful touch to basic tops. I imagine it would look great layered with other jewelry, as well.

Ethical Details: Maxwell Midi Skirt and Layered Amulet Necklace – c/o Mata Traders; Tee – Everlane; Sandals – secondhand via Thredup

Now for the downsides: I always have trouble getting the right fit in Mata Traders items, particularly with their woven, non-stretch fabrics. The skirt is too big in the waist by several inches even though I followed their size chart (definitely size down). As a result, it’s a bit awkward to fit evenly at mid-rise, as I’m wearing it here. The skirt also lacks a back or side slit, which limits my stride when I’m walking, though they did add enough fabric near the knee and calves to provide reasonable walking comfort if you’re not a fast walker, like I am.

I’d definitely still recommend the skirt, but you may want to reach out to Mata Traders for specific details before ordering. The necklace is lovely, as well.

I took these photos on the only sunny day we’ve had in, like, 14 days. I’m back in sweaters for now, but I enjoyed the brief respite.

Mata Traders is featuring artisan stories and running a giveaway until May 16th! Check out this post to learn more. 

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Laxmi Rai

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

Good post. Thanks for sharing.Non woven fabric bag making machine

Louise, Ethical Fair

Monday 9th of May 2016

I love Mata Traders. I was lucky enough to find a skirt by them on a recent trip to Boston, and the fit was great. I look forward to adding more pieces to my wardrobe in time.


Thursday 5th of May 2016

I'm totally a fast walker too! That's a bummer about the slit. Maybe they would re-design with a deep side slit, that would really modernize the look. Still, cute skirt. As always, I appreciate your honest reviews!

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