About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Everyone jump upon the peace train

The two biggest categories of clothing in my wardrobe are 'things I've bought in India' and 'vintage 1970s'. So what do I do when MarketPlace: Handwork of India, which offers high-quality clothing made in India, asks me to collaborate by styling one of their garments on my blog? I take it through the 'way-back' machine.

First with an early 1970s, Teaser-and-the-Firecat sort of vibe.

MarketPlace Manipur Tunic DressAs anyone who's been reading my blog knows, my interest in India has focused on textiles and animal issues. I spent much of my travels there visiting and buying from artisans and connecting with animal welfare organizations. I've always been keen on supporting artisans and the preservation of traditional crafts. So, when MarketPlace contacted me, I jumped at the chance to collaborate.

MarketPlace is a non-profit, fair trade organization that has provided economic opportunities for low-income women in India since 1986. I used to get their print catalog and enjoyed reading about and seeing the faces of some of the 480 artisans whose work was represented. The artisans are organized into 14 independent cooperatives. These cooperatives create an empowered space where women can develop leadership skills and acquire the tools and confidence to advocate for social change in their communities. They have tackled a number of public health and social issues, and are more committed to keeping their daughters in school to get a better education than many of them did as girls. Please do read more about MarketPlace's mission here.

I love the combination of the ikat print with the block-printed floral print on the Manipur Tunic Dress. The floral print is embellished with hand-worked embroidery and sequins. And you'all know, I'm a sucker for fabric-covered buttons. MarketPlace Manipur Tunic Dress. Hat purchased at a street market in Toronto in the 1990s. 1960s Indian scarf. Assortment of metal pins I've had since the 1970s. Bangles purchased in India. Le Fleur boots by Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK. At barely 5 ft. 3 inches tall, I often have a problem with clothes being made for someone taller. But many of MarketPlace's styles come in petite sizes, so the length of this dress is perfect.

The Manipur Tunic Dress nudged me into the mid-1970s as well.

MarketPlace Manipur Tunic Dress. Israeli Tichel scarf, purchased new. Embroidered velvet bag, gift from Vix. Churidar (pants) purchased in India. Bangles purchased in India. Clogs, thrifted and painted metallic blue by me. Just last night, after I had already taken the photo above, I was browsing some vintage Vogue magazines online and came across this.

Editorial from Vogue U.K. September 1975Linking up to Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday, where Patti has her MarketPlace jacket beautifully styled. Also check out the stunning MarketPlace tunic dress on Val's blog, Late Blooming Sparkle.

I was given an item of clothing by MarketPlace: Handwork of India for free, but my review is entirely my own opinion. Sponsored posts are not my thing, but I was already a fan of this organization, so am happy to lend my support.

Oh, and thanks for the book recommendations from my last post.

Reader Comments (13)

It is uncanny how close you came to recreating a look from 1975! Thanks so much for the link to MarketPlace. It good knowing that not all imported clothing exploits the garment maker.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

Lovely dress! How great that we've come together today to spread the word about Marketplace. You really look retro-fantastic. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

I used to love Teaser & the Firecat! I think my mum still has that somewhere. Thanks for the reminder :)

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Great choice! I was just looking at this one today while deciding what I'm going to buy now (I started out Christmas shopping, but you know how it goes). You've done a great job styling this. And you're a perfect fit for talking about Marketplace!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

i love this tunic! you look great. how you enjoying your trip?x

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

That sounds like such a great project to support. I love that outfit you have created which is almost the same as the ones you discovered in the magazine. You and Vix will have loads to talk about on the 29th. I've not been to India yet, but I will do one day. It seems like when people go once, they want to go again and again. xxx

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreckleface

How fabulous to be involved in a brand you already know and respect, the people behind Marketplace obviously did their homework.
I love how you've styled this, so much like the vogue spread from the 1970s. xxx

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervix

Wow ...the Market Place is getting around this week. You look wonderful in your choice ... it's very you! Great, great cause, and a very important issue!

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

What a beautiful tunic! You know I too have weakness for things Indian and I love your look here, the way you styled the tunic with the red boots, that lovely scarf and the hat.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

Your last post inspired me to borrow a stack of books on the 60s from the library. Email me if you would like the list!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIndigo Violet

Lovely dress & fab styling by you. Sounds like a very good organisation.
I sometimes get clothes from People Tree which works in a similar way.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Ooh, I love challenges like this! You look great and my favourite outfit is the first one. I remember having a similar hat back in the 90's, how funny is that?
I still haven't replied to your email, I'm trying to get my head around my dates and all that - I recently found out I'm getting flown to Lisbon to attend the Lisbon office Christmas party. I'm not saying no, it's a great opportunity to go home and not spend money on it :)

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs D

The tunic looks great Jo, love how you've styled it. And how fab are those red boots!
Looking forward to seeing you again next week!

Annie xxx

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

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