Versatile artisan fashion: style and economic development for women
This post is sponsored by Marketplace:Handwork of India who graciously provided the tunic I'm featuring, and provided an exclusive offer for Analoguettes– read on!
I'm excited to feature the first installment of my partnership with Marketplace:Handwork of India. If you follow me on social media, you may remember that I've been hinting at it for a couple of weeks.
Marketplace is a fair trade brand I've admired for years (so does my mom!) and I've included them in my inspiration and shopping guides for fans of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
We decided to work together this holiday season because so many of you Analoguettes were looking for Best Exotic-inspired pieces, and Marketplace has a beatiful Holiday collection that you need to see– stay tuned here for the next installment.
Marketplace is a non-profit organization that offers modern apparel made by employee-run artisan co-ops using traditional textile techniques in India. The enterprise is not only maintaining cultural traditions, but empowering women and their families by providing enriching and supportive education and social opportunities in addition to paid employment. Read more about their history and model of economic development here.
For the brisk fall weather, I layered the 3/4-sleeve tunic over a long-sleeved blouse, and topped it with an upcycled Army vest. Then I channeled Stevie Nicks, and tied a big square scarf into a narrow, drapey style by using just one corner and letting the remaining length drift on the breeze.
I balanced the fullness on top by wearing fitted jeans, punctuated by a chunkier shoe– my trusty leather Converse high tops. I'm really over knee-high boots by now, but I would also wear this with a great bootie or calf-high boot.
Everything I'm wearing with the indigo Raipur is thrifted or otherwise secondhand, to boot! Yes, even the kicks!
I chose the indigo color option for the possibilities for pairing with denim and chambray. Subtle hand-embroidery in red on the bodice offers enough contrast for styling with more color and pattern, or let it speak for itself. It also comes in a brighter Lapis colorway.
The 3/4 sleeve makes this a great year-round option, easily layered for cool weather, or on its own in spring and summer. In 100% cotton, it is sooo soft.
The length is well past the hips, offering great coverage– tucks in the bodice make it fuller at waist and hips than it seems on the hanger, so don't worry if you're more ample below the waist (like me). I'm 5'6" and I'm wearing a Misses' medium. It also comes in a full range of Misses' and Womens' sizes.
On the other hand, if you like to have more waist definition, the Raipur top could be cinched in with a wide belt or a scarf tied obi-style. Or even wear it with a fitted vest!
This alpaca is also named Allie.