Arrowhead Silver Necklace
Materials: Silver-tone plated brass
Size: 10"-11" hanging length
The Story: Mata Traders' products are original designs handmade in India and Nepal by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. Their producers are paid a livable wage in safe and fair conditions, and do their work at home and in small workshops rather than factories. Services like on-site day-care, medical check-ups, and over-time pay are offered. The jewelry is produced by fair trade cooperatives in North India that creates avenues of employment for economically disadvantaged artisans and craftsmen in the home-based sector. The goal of the group is to ensure that the entire jewelry making process is non-exploitive, from bead production to the stringing of the necklaces. They enforce strict health and safety standards by making sure that the communal furnaces used to make glass beads are ventilated properly, and by using dust-sucking chambers for their stone working processes. The group also has a strong commitment to combating child labor in the manufacturing sector. Mata Traders is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.