Tout le Monde celebrates world Fairtrade Day
When Jessica Marati headed off to Cambodia to begin exploring the world of socially responsible style, she couldn’t help but come home with a selection of curated items that reflect not only her ethical ideals for free-trade, but her love of the country.
“The power of fair trade to create change in developing countries is tremendous, and you often have to witness the effects first-hand in order to really understand it” says Marati. “The artisan social enterprises that I collaborated with on the Tout Le Monde Cambodia Collection have done incredible work: people are being trained, women are becoming empowered, children are being educated, and Cambodians are regaining their pride after decades of genocide and oppression. This isn’t just a label; this is a global human rights movement.” Magnifeco.
Marati got a chance to meet with many of the NGO’s that are having an impact on the lives and livelihoods of Cambodian artisans during her three month stay in Phnom Penh. However, bringing products to western markets is still a challenge. Marati’s Tout Le Monde Cambodia Collection plans to change that. The small collection includes:
- Silk ikat scrap and naturally dyed Goel cotton clutches, designed by me and produced by Watthan Artisans.
- Screen-printed recycled jersey tee-shirts, from KeoK’jay (featured on this blog in March 2011).
- Recycled mosquito net laptop and iPad cases, from Smateria.
- Screen-printed traditional krama scarves, from Friends-International.
- Silver utensil jewelry made from recycled forks and spoons, also from Friends-International.
The Cambodian Collection is available online, or if you are in NYC you can see them at the Hester Market, May 12th and 19th.
World Fair Trade Day is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. A third of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, business and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade. For more information visit: World Fair Trade Organization.