“Marketplace of India” $100 gift card give away

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Marketplace Handwork of India to help spread the word about their beautiful clothing and, more importantly, the philanthropic work they do with impoverished women in India.

They sent me this delightful cotton blouse to model for an outfit post, and they are also giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader. This is the sort of clothing that feels good to wear and I’m very happy to be collaborating with them on this give away.

Here’s some more information on MarketPlace – Handwork of India. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for female artisans in India, and empowering them to bring about changes in their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. Marketplace works with 480 low-income women in India to produce quality women’s apparel at a fair price that is then sold in the United States. MarketPlace supports sustainable development in some of the poorest areas of Mumbai through employment and social programs for women and their families. With the opportunity of employment, these women are empowered to become change agents in their communities, ensuring that future generations reach their potential.

Since MarketPlace began in 1986, women who were formerly unemployed, “unemployable” or desperately underemployed have been building new lives around rewarding work, educational opportunities and social support.  Over this period, MarketPlace has developed, refined and expanded its model of supported self-help, which involves the artisans directly at all levels of decision-making as they form and manage their own independent cooperatives.

I love the little touch of bright pink, hand embroidery on the neckline.

The print was hand-blocked and the fabric is a lightweight, breathable, 100% cotton perfect for a warm afternoon. It was easy to find other pieces in my wardrobe to combine with the tunic . The black and white hat, multicolored printed scarf and delightful embroidered raffia tote seemed to jump out at me. Ah-ha!  I thought.  This will look good, and this and this too! the tunic is long enough to wear it over leggings, something I normally avoid.  But I feel like they looked great with this blouse.

A printed scarf was the perfect thing to throw over the outfit when the day cooled off.

So, would you like a pretty tunic like this to wear this summer?  Marketplace is giving away a $100 gift card to one of my readers, so something in their catalogue could be yours.  All you have to do is leave a comment.

The rules of the give away are simple.  Go to Marketplace – Handwork of India and look through their catalogue of beautiful blouses, dresses and accessories.  Come back here and leave me a comment on this post telling me which piece, or pieces, you would buy with your $100 gift card. (Unfortunately Marketplace only ships to the United States, so this is not open to my friends who live outside of the US.)  I will choose a winner on April 16th using the plugin “And the Winner Is”. Normally I try to reply to all the comments on my blog, but this time I won’t because the plugin can’t discern between my replies and your comments.

Good luck friends!

So, did you look at their on-line catalogue?  What did you think of the items?  What would you wear yourself? And what do you think of the mission of Marketplace, Handwork of India?



28 Responses to “Marketplace of India” $100 gift card give away

  1. Sheryl Matheu April 6, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Hi! I have heard of this company and love their clothes! It’s always nice to pick up a few ethnic items to spruce up your wardrobe and this company is right up my alley! I would probably pick one of their brightly colored skirts for summer. And Heather you look fabulous in your top!!

  2. Ariane April 6, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    What a fabulous company! And I love their pieces, especially the tunics and the pants. They look so comfortable and pretty, and I love the one you are wearing in the post!

  3. Cecile April 6, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I love how you paired the tunic with items from your closet: what a great look! Really suits you!
    I’ve just browsed the Marketplace of India Website: a beautiful way to serve such a good cause!!
    I really like the Nafisa tunic (black & natural), and the dark amethyst & white scarf 🙂

  4. anne the SpyGirl
    April 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    HA! Yet another chance! So excited!
    I have a feeling they’re sending two tops out to various bloggers — I’ve seen yours on Pam of Over50feeling40 and a couple of others!

    I still want these:
    Fabric Necklace – Olive, rose Code #: 43K-03
    Sonali Top – Bronze, White Code #: 44C-11
    Jaipur Skirt – Black, Gray Code #: 44D-01

    but the green top that Terri of RAGS against the MACHINE got is looking more and more enticing
    Smita Top – Spring Green Code #: 44C-06
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  5. Arash Mazinani
    April 7, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    That’s a really great cause. The blouse looks great and I love the pops of pink that you gave your outfit with the lips and nails. Wedges are perfect for spring summer time as well. As always I love the high quality pictures that we get from your blog!
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    April 7, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Such an awesome tunic, and a wonderful cause! Love your pink nails with the outfit! I need to do my own today. As for the giftcard… I would love to get this dress. http://www.marketplaceindia.com/product/Punali_Dress_44H-02/1 I can already imagine it with a variety of belts I own!
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  7. Sylvia
    April 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Looking great Heather and congrats on your first giveaway. Can’t enter as I don’t live in the US but hope all goes well!

  8. Shermika
    April 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    This is such an awesome giveaway! Hmmm…what would I get? I love sprucing up my sardine can, so the cushion covers are a must. I love the toffee and red colors. I’d also pick up a few tote bags and purses. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Patricia Streeter
    April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Thank you for sharing this giftcard oppertunity with us! Your pink nails brings out the pink trim on the top! I’ve never heard of this orginization.

    Based on what I’ve seen, I’d by the

    MarketShare Chindi Tote $18.00
    Tote Bag -Spring Green, orange $32.00
    Neeta Bag Brown, multi $34.00
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  10. Gloria April 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Love the colors. I pinned the totes! These are must haves.

  11. Heather R
    April 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Gorgrous clothes by gorgeous women! Love!!!!

    • Heather R
      April 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      Oh…and I would buy the Punali dress in Black and White! That one has my name written all over it 😉

  12. Stacey - Total City Girl
    April 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    How fun! I think I would get the Nafisa Tunic Black/Neutral or the Preethl Top in pomegranate red.
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  13. anash April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    wow- they have classy clothese that i really dig..i like this


    Thanks for a super giveaway!
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  14. Juliana April 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Marketplace India has some cute handbags and great scarves! I think it’s great that they are helping women in need!!

  15. Dee April 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I’d get the Jameli Tunic – Deep bottle green, natural. love it — it looks stylish yet comfy! 🙂

  16. genypher April 10, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I am in LOVE with this store!!! Thank you so much for informing me about it! I want EVERYTHING! This is gonna be dangerous! LOL!

    I love love love the Kavita dress. And the Jyoti knit dress. And the Kesari pants. And the Mandvi knit top (in blue). And the Nilgiri tunic. And the scarves and bags… I could go on and on!!! Regardless of winning the $100, I am SO buying clothes from there! And the fact that my money not only goes to cute clothes for me, but to empowering and enriching the lives of other women is so much icing on the cake!

    Thanks so much, Heather!

  17. SACRAMENTO April 11, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Always brilliant and fabulous, dear Heather.
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  18. Tangobabe April 11, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Nice post, great combinations and outfit and what a nice give away!
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  19. DressCode:HighFashion
    April 12, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Fantastic summer shooting! Very italian lady. Makes me want to go on vacation right NOW.

    Love, Jen
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  20. citizen rosebud
    April 12, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Heather, I love how you styled the tunic! I’ve been entering everyone’s giveaway (Pam, Terri, Ann, and Reva) and I won the giveaway from Reva so I won’t enter here, but I will say that I am so into the mission behind the company and love how everyone styled their looks. I love the detailing your added: pink nails, glossy lips, summer wedges and floppy hat! xo.
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  21. Nancy Frye April 12, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    The Almora jacket in black & natural is pretty fabulous, especially because it has pockets. I must have pockets. It was hard to pick just one thing! Found your blog through The Frump Factor, and will definitely be following you!

  22. Kate Moriarity April 12, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog for some time. I would love to win the 100.00 gift card. I would like the top you are modeling or the Malati coat/top that is on the web site. Looking forward to your next posting!!


  23. Beryl April 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I loved the scarf you put with that tunic. I would probably order two of the skirts from their website. I wish the website had more scarves for sale.

  24. Rich April 15, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Your nails look beautiful, make the photos stand out…LOVE IT
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  25. Jeannie
    April 16, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    You look gorgeous!!!!!! The photos are fantastic!
    I do love their skirts!

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