September 13, 2019

Stop Wearing Someone Else’s Suffering: 5 Ethical Fashion Essentials. {Partner}


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This article is created in partnership with MATTER—they’re dedicated to reviving slow, mindful fashion that’s compassionate to people and planet. We couldn’t be prouder to be working with them. ~ ed.

Connected people need connected clothing.

There is an old adage that says an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances.

Those of us who care about the future of our beautiful, troubled world strive to live our values. We are global citizens, connected by this home we share. We vote with our dollars. We weigh the impact of our personal choices against the greater good. We ask questions about provenance: of the food we eat, the products we use, and the clothes we wear. We want to know more about the people and processes behind these things.

In the face of the devastating impact of mass consumerism, many of us are returning to the slow, the mindful, the small-scale, the traditional, the hand-crafted.

Wear the Change you Wish to See in the World.

MATTER is a purpose-driven, craft-centered company who are leading the way in sustainable fashion. Our mission is threefold—to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire customers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.

We’re big believers in the mantra that great things are done by a series of small things brought together—in our case, every product that we send out into the world, to your doorstep, is a small ripple of change.

This is the reason we stitch a red thread into our clothes. We hope this signature stitch holds as a reminder to begin a relationship with your clothes. From the designer, to the artisan partners who were a part of your garment’s making—we’re all connected.

When we learn about the context in which something is made and the lives of those who made it, we create a connection between people who otherwise might have little in common. We love to remind our customers to spot the color gradience on their handloom pants; they signal the rest pauses where the weaver has taken a break from the loom. This is a beautiful example of how something which otherwise is an industrial defect becomes a detail we empathise with.

“I delved into the concept of ethical fashion and it changed everything for me. I wanted to know what my clothes were being made by people who were treated fairly, working in a safe environment by choice, not by force. That the farming and manufacturing practices were sustainable and not harming the planet. I wanted to know my shopping habits weren’t at the cost of another human’s welfare.” ~ Matter shopper

5 One-of-a-kind Slow Fashion Essentials:

1. The Work Jumpsuit


Part wrap top, part classic wideleg, the Matter work jumpsuit is completely adjustable to your body. From its design to the final pattern, this style was 15 months in its making. Block printed on organic cotton, it draws inspiration from the geometric patterns of the worshipping seats used in Kumaon that mark the different stages of life—right from birth to eternity.
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2. The Sideswept Dhoti


The intricate Mobi print reinvented in a deeper, rich burgundy for extra opulence. Inspired by the multifold drapes of the Indian dhoti, this version made of crepe silk lends an effortless elegance that can be brought from a day at the office to a weekend roadtrip. It also adapts to the climate, keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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3. The Lounge Lunghi


This motif was created by Srinath, Matter's master weaver who taught us the intricate ropes of the ikat dyeing technique. Named after the village he calls home, the Koya motif is Matter's tribute to him and his story. Made from 100% medium weight cotton.
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4. The Wrap Skirt


A woven motif from the archives of our ikat dyeing partners; Zalya is an arrowhead flying across the plain white fields, an untold story of the brave and fearless. This wrap skirt is a nod to the timeless styles that inspired this classic silhouette.
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5. The All-Day Jumpsuit


"This was my first purchase from Matter and I was not disappointed. The black and white pattern is just beautiful and goes with everything (very versatile, can be dressed up or down) and the design is really smart (for its adjustability and easy bathroom use). The cotton is super soft and the color lovely and vibrant." ~ Fenja
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