Traditional textile and embroidery work is oft copied in fast fashion, and I'm sure at least some of the work is done by artisans rather than trained factory workers, albeit at a low wage that doesn't do justice to the detail or skill of the work.
Abrazo Style, however, is the real deal. They work with the Indigenous artisan communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas to create a beautiful range of hand embroidered dresses, blouses, and swim cover-ups, paying a fair wage and making sure that the artisans themselves have a big say in the design process.
Efrain, Abrazo Style's Mexico manager, and Rebeca, master embroiderer, collaborate closely to bring the hand embroidered, fairly traded products to our customers.*
I love that I had the chance to review this chambray Lilia Dress right after Victoria Road's Medallion Tunic, because it's given me a great sense of the way that textile craft traditions vary by region and culture, while reinforcing the fact that this type of art is fundamentally a part of who we are as humans. You can find ornate, beautiful needlework all over the world and I'm glad that fair trade companies are making it possible for consumers to see, touch, and wear garments with such rich history and tradition.
The Lilia Dress is magical. I say that because although it looks like a sack dress on the hanger, it drapes so nicely on my frame, subtly defining my waist as it falls. The asymmetrical hem adds a sort of sporty touch and the length is versatile. You may not be able to tell in the photos (it's easier to see in the last photo in this post), but the white embroidery is actually 3-dimensional, and I like that the floral and leaf pattern is quite big for this type of design.
Ethical Details: Lilia Dress - c/o Abrazo Style; Shoes - made in Italy; Hat - old
I paired the dress with a pair of cork heels I found locally and an old hat I always bring back out in the summertime.
The Lilia Dress is $86.00 and comes in 4 colors.
I'm hosting a giveaway with Abrazo Style on the blog tomorrow! Make sure to come back for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!
*Photo and caption provided by Abrazo Style