Monday, November 11, 2013

Share the Power!



I told you a couple of weeks ago that I had been contacted by Marketplace: Handwork of India inviting me to collaborate on a blog post featuring an item from their fall collection. They let me select a piece to style and blog about, so I chose this dramatic red and black Mohina tunic.


It's well made, 100% cotton (I love cotton), and the pattern and embroidery accents are beautiful!



Maybe "hippie threads" aren't your bag, man, so I wanted to show you how groovy this piece is. Take a look at how I can wear this tunic for work, casual happenings, nights out, or even for a holiday party.



I have a couple other tops from Marketplace (seen here and here), and I was wearing one the day I got the email from Shanti Freitas asking if I would collaborate with Marketplace! I didn't set out to blog for sponsors, but in this case I'm happy to do it. Marketplace is a non-profit organization that does more than selling clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. It's an organization that helps promote social change for women in India by giving them a chance to earn money as well as learn business skills.



It sickens me to read about women in other parts of the world who have no power over their own lives, when they're forced to submit to a patriarchal society and are denied education. I truly believe that if women were empowered in every society, we would have less conflict, less violence, less blatant greed in the world. We need men, but they need to treat us as equals.



I'm not a social activist, but I want to support Marketplace: Handwork of India because they are empowering women. Marketplace works with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives. Within the cooperatives they are able to take on various roles and learn different aspects of the business. They're able to work at home, so they can continue to look after their families and work in a safe environment.



Besides women's clothing and accessories, Marketplace also creates and sells scarves, men's shirts, curtains, pillow covers, and a few other household furnishings. Each item is tagged with the name of the cooperative that made it. These cooperatives are also described on the website, so you can find out more about the women who made your clothes.




Joy of Joyatri's Adventures in Vintage will also be doing a post for Marketplace, and you can read more about what Marketplace is up to by looking at their blog.

Thanks for reading! Have a look at their website and see if there's something you can't live without. Share the power!

I'm taking this on the road and linking up with:


And I'll be adding more links as the week goes on until I reach Florida for Visible Monday!

Val

44 comments:

sabine said...

You look lovely in this tunic Val. I love the style and the pattern and I appreciate the idea of the manufacturers to give woman a real chance to get indenpendent. I agree that it is a good feeling to know where - and from whom - our clothes are made. I will check out their website.

Sheila said...

I'm not big on sponsors either, but what a great choice to make an exception for, Val! I love that your tunic is ethically made, and that you can even know who made it. Great choices for styling! Love the long skirt with it, especially.

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Bravo Val! You made a beautiful choice with this tunic. You've styled it brilliantly in each of your looks. Love, love the first look. I really appreciate that you have previously bought and worn this brand. It adds a lot of credibility to your sponsored post. I was contacted by them earlier, but they don't ship to Canada, so I was obviously not a good fit for their company.

Yup! You do look gorgeous!!!

Vix said...

That's one sponsored post I'm happy to read! What a gorgeous tunic it is.
I've visited several schools in India teaching destitute women a useful skill in order to enable them to be self-sufficient and they truly are wonderful and empowering places. x

josep-maria badia said...

A beautiful tunic, I liked a lot.

pastcaring said...

I'm not a sponsored post fan either, but if you're going to do it, make it for a fair trade, ethical organisation like Marketplace! Their work sounds so positive and empowering, and the tunic itself is lovely. Sue's right, the fact that you were already a supporter/customer of the brand does add credibility to your review.
Great styling too - I think simply wearing it as a dress with tights and boots is my favourite option. xxxx

Sandra said...

it is a beautiful tunic, and I think it's a great organisation, empowering women is always so important, you have presented the tunic so well, I think I like it best with tights and boots x x x

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

The tunic is gorgeous on you, and I love all the ways you've worn it! I appreciate your careful consideration of a sponsored post.

Janey G said...

how fabulous, both the outfit and the words behind it! so glad you linked up x

Liz said...

Looks great - very versatile too!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Seeker said...

Hello Val, what a great choice with this tunic.
You look sooooo nice and it's very versatile, because all the ways that you styled it look gorgeous.

Thank you so much for linking up, much appreciated!!

xoxo

ann wood said...

This tunic is beautiful and I like the different ways you have styled it. Good pictures too Val! I agree with Amber, very nice post and well considered. Off the check out other items this company sells.

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Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Gorgeous!

Paula Ruta said...

I love cotton too--and I love the little details in this. There is still a bit of hippie in me too but I love the way you brought this into the present. Even better that it is for a co-op; an I like their tag line. I will check them out! xoxo

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

It is so nice to support a cause you believe in. Plus it is gorgeous!

bisous
Suzanne

Isabelle Thornton said...

This tunic is very pretty! I love the colors. Thanks so much for linking!
Isabelle

Ariane Lasalle said...

Good for your that you get to do a review- no shame, i don't think you should have reason to do a review or feel bad - This is my opinion - But it's a honorable cause so it's even better - Good for you!
This style of garment becomes you, very, very pretty on you -

I like the up shot of you, God! It's fabulous- You are gorgeous there -

Take care

Ariane xo

Angels have Red Hair said...

It's a gorgeous tunic ... I adore the fabric.

Amanda Daybyday said...

I love your tunic. And I absolutely agree with your take on women and equality. I'm heading over to check out Marketplace now. :)

Spashionista Alicia Searcy said...

Great minds think alike this week! I'm wearing a Marketplace tunic as well. I love what you did with yours and, like you, I'm happy to lend my support!

Alicia

Tamera Wolfe said...

Gorgeous tunic--love the different ways you've styled it!!

I love their stuff--I've sadly gotten too small for the tops I had so they've been passed on. I plan on getting more when I reach goal weight!

List Addict said...

Excellent choice of company to support - and you look amazing so everyone wins. But seriously, good cause. The embroidery work is stunning and it is nice to get a clothing piece that doesn't, like so many other clothing items, actually disadvantage its makers through the greed of its owners. Thanks for this!!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I will admit- the dresses and jackets they produce are a bit too hippy for me- that said- I will support them any way I can- they have a wonderful mission, seem like truly nice people and make amazing garments. The quality shows! Subtle details, very sturdy and interesting fabrics and some innovative styles. I like you in your dress- the colors are gorgeous, on the down low and bam- those details come out. Great post, great company and great legs!

fairfakeandfifty said...

Great tunic and I especially like how you have teamed it with tights/leggings and long boots.

Megan Gann said...

Super pretty tunic! My favorite way is with the skirt. I love "Indian" style tunics with skirts layered underneath. They are usually very lovely cotton fabrics. I love thrifting tunics like that.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

I used to get the Marketplace catalog. I LOVE their stuff... and YOU madame look superb!

Joni James said...

Hi Val! You look so great in this ethnic dress, it makes me want to burn some incense!!

How ya doing? I'm on here so often sometimes I can't figure out what I'm doing. Seems like sometimes I can sign in and sometimes I can't. Urgh!

Happy Holidays!

Dawn Elliott said...

Now you're speaking my language!
What a stellar boho tunic...and the look with the leggings and boots is killer cool! I will check out Marketplace straight away...what a fun adventure you had together!

Sacramento Amate said...

Always fabulous, dear Val.
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Patti said...

Love the tunic and the company (as you can see in post today : > ) You look wonderful, and thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

joyatri said...

I love the details of that tunic, and I like it best with the flouncy skirt. We're all on the MarketPlace bandwagon! I hope our blog posts give the organization a wider audience.
Jo

Melanie said...

Twirl away, Val!- In this fabulous tunic worn oh so many incredible ways. I like the concept of this company. I've often thought it would be cool if we could donate sewing machines to people who could use them but the logistics are mind-boggling... So I'm glad places like Marketplace are out there.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Great choice, Val...I love it with the leggings...and you can do so much with it. This is a great company to support!

popcosmo said...

I love cotton too! And this top is fabulous! Love the background about Marketplace and that is supporting women and made by women. Definitely checking them out. Thanks for sharing your choice, and information about Marketplace, I wasn't familiar with this company!
xo ~kim & chloe

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

I am a sucker for ethnic clothing. This is a great top. I really like the styling with the skirt. Anybody supporting the empowerment of women gets a pat on the head from me.

Mrs C said...

The tunic is lovely and it is lovelier with the tall boots and a pair of leggings! Hmm..I should try something like this..

REGARDS FROM DUBAI xxx
MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

Zalina Walton said...

It's a beautiful tunic that you wear very well.

Laurie said...

It's like you and Patti coordinated your Visible Monday outfits. Great minds with great style. Go Val!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

I'm so sorry to be so late stopping by! You look fabulous and that's quite a dress ... especially on you. Pretty cool, Val, and you look lovely while supporting such an imperative! Good job, you. Great choice of causes to champion!

A Matchy Matchy Midlife said...

Yep...you done good girlfriend, in choice of tunic and sponsor! My favorite thing...where the tag reads made by...and it is a NAME. Not a country, an individual artisan. Lovely.

Xo

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh, Val! I haven't made it to you to thank you for your linking up to FASHION item FRIDAY, yet. So ...thank you! This post is dang cute and I love your 'free spirit'. take care.

Shakumbhari said...

you look great in that Designer Kurtis..XOXO

Sabhyata - Indian Fashion Boutique said...

great kurtis for girls..and you are looking superb in that !!!!!!

susanjmb said...

I was over at our SERRV store last week and ALMOST left with this same tunic...I think I'll go back for it now that I've seen the variety of ways you're wearing it! I have at least a half dozen Marketplace articles in my closet now!The director lives in Chicago, near here. A few years ago she visited the SERRV store with two of the artisans and one of her promotional directors. The store hosted a fashion show of their clothing which I participated in. I'm still in contact with one of the women I met then. I TOTALLY belive in Marketplace!