Thanks to MATTER for partnering with us on this post! All opinions are our own.
I have been a fan of MATTER for a little over a year now – I own two pairs of their Easy Dhoti (which, yes, I know, is excessive) and I am always impressed by the quality and comfort of their clothes. I mean, french seams! Pockets! Hand woven natural fabrics! And they have a very kind sizing system that allows for some flexibility between sizes; when you are a mid 30s woman, this is pretty much a necessity in life.
I was really excited when I saw them release rompers and jumpsuits earlier this year. Their patterns and cuts are modern but timeless, and I was instantly in love.
Since I am currently obsessed with all things black and white, I was drawn to their black and white Kirana full moon fabric, woven in a true Ikat artisan technique, hand tied and dyed with azo-free dyes in Pochampally, India.
I struggled for awhile trying to decide which jumpsuit or romper to select, and while I love the open backs and the short rompers (especially for Texas heat, because uh, it’s STILL hot in Austin), I settled on the 100% medium weight cotton All Day Jumpsuit. The cut, with it’s adjustable waist (worn high on the waist or low on the hips), full coverage back, and adjustable leg cuffs work well for my throw and go mom-to-work-to-mom lifestyle. I mean, I can wear it with my gold Veja sneakers, or a pair of thrifted heels and a nice necklace. Board meetings to the playground with a simple shoe change. That, my friends, is versatility at it’s finest.
But let’s talk about what sets MATTER apart – founded in 2014, an idea born of conversations and late night dreaming between two friends, Yvonne and Ren, they describe themselves as a socially motivated lifestyle brand that connects communities to opportunity, inspire consumers to value provenance (the how and why), and champion alternative production models for textile artisans to expand their economic freedom. They want MATTER to be a catalyst for change, to be the foremost artisan-based brand, pioneering industry change and sustainability of rural craft livelihood in Asia.
Their mission is threefold – to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire consumers to value process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities. Each of their supply chain partners are chosen through a set of criteria emphasizing product integrity, community integration, and good business practice. They visit each partner personally and focus on building long term relationships for better market access.
Ren recently wrote a beautiful article for the Huffington Post for September’s #sustainablefashion theme on Why The World Needs Craft and we would encourage you to read it. You will be inspired.
We will leave you with this profound thought from the article:
Craft means much so more than handmade. It is the story of humanity’s striving for meaning, and our individual desire for significance. Its values teach us love, empathy, and wisdom. Emphasising small batch production, the maker’s unique skill, integrity of raw materials, the direct involvement of handmade techniques and the importance of context and traditional tools, the resurgence of craft is already rippling through the food and fashion industry, albeit in niche areas. In order for it to take hold, we need to spread the message that where and why something is made, by whom, matters.