How would you like to make a difference in the lives of almost 500 disadvantaged women artisans in India, while looking fab at the same time?
I'm very pleased to lend my support to Marketplace Handwork of India, a fair trade organization and nonprofit dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for low-income women in and around Mumbai, India. Many of these women were previously uneducated and doomed to a life of poverty. Some come from abusive marriages; some are physically disabled or otherwise in poor health. All have a chance at a better life thanks to 14 cooperatives that produce clothing and home décor items currently sold in the U.S. They also have the unique opportunity to break the cycle of oppression by bringing an income into their household and keeping their daughters in school and out of early marriages.
But enough about that; let's talk about clothes. Marketplace Handwork of India carries a wide range of women's clothing sizes including Petites and Plus. I chose to show you the Mandya Tunic in Sage Green from the Fall Collection.
The first thing I want you to know is this particular style is not available in Petite sizes. As you can see above it's too long and too big for itty-bitty me. However, I fell in love with the subtle green print and deep V neckline so I had to have it and I wanted to show you how garment like this can be styled to flatter a much smaller person. The tunic has it's own tie back but I opted to use a wider, more structural grey belt to cinch in the waist and pull up the length a bit.
The second thing you should know is it never got above 50 degrees that day and this is a thin, cotton garment. To truly make this a piece worthy of Fall in Nashville required the addition of some over-the-knee black ruffled socks and black lace up boots. The vintage military style black jacket is one I've had for many years. It's the perfect length to show off the Mandya Tunic and still keep me warm. Of course, I couldn't resist adding a few purple accessories like the quirky little flower ring and the deep V neckline lends itself perfectly for my prize purple necklace.
If you're a regular reader of Spashionista you know that it's important to me to be an advocate for positive social change. When you buy from Marketplace Handwork of India you're not just getting a beautiful piece, you're helping women half a world away, some of whom are disabled themselves, improve their lives. They also carry accessories, men's shirts, and home decor items - Something you should keep in mind as you make out your holiday gift-giving list this year.
*Although I received the product being reviewed free of charge the opinion expressed is my honest assessment.*