Girl Intuitive takes pride in carrying Mata Trade clothing. They empower women to make a change in global poverty by creating designs that celebrate their originality while maintaining the craftsmanship that dates centuries of women artisans in rural parts of East Asia.
At Mata Traders they design and produce handmade clothing and jewelry:
- Design vintage-inspired dresses with classic silhouettes designed to flatter in any size
- With a collaboration of up-and-coming young artists, they have unique hand-drawn textile designs
- Use organic cotton clothing, a sustainable fabric of good quality
- Handmake jewelry
How does Mata handmake clothes?
Wood-block printing, an art form that has been practiced in India since the 12th century. "Our designs are traced onto and then carved from wooden blocks, called “bunta.” When printing, large pieces of fabric are fixed to a tabletop. The carved blocks are then dipped into colorful dyes, stamped on the fabric, and the process continues for the entire sheet of fabric, forming an intricate pattern. Block prints can be simple or can involve many layers of printing for each color."
- Embroidery, women from India and Nepal take into detail the embroidery of the garment from their own home or gathered in a circle group in their community.
- Screen printing, even though this technique is now famous in the U.S., has been in India for centuries. "they all practice the same general technique – a screen is burned with a design, a fabric is pinned down to a tabletop, ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee to transfer the design onto the fabric, and the fabric is left outside to dry."
When you buy a Mata Traders garment, you:
Preserve an art form
Fight gender inequality
Combat child labor
Make an impact on global poverty