Living and travelling around Asia, easy-breezy clothing has become a big part of my wardrobe. For weekends, my style tends to skew a bit more bohemian, so I gravitate towards dresses with prints, patterns and other boho details. Throw an off-shoulder silhouette into the mix, and I’m a happy girl! That’s why I fell in love with the cute design of this fair trade rainbow pom pom dress from Singapore-based label Baliza (I mean, how can you not feel awesome while wearing pom poms?!)
I love the story behind this socially motivated label, which produces it’s collections with Ladli, the vocational training arm of NGO I-India in Jaipur. The charity reaches out to street children offering food, accommodation, education, training and counselling.
Through Baliza’s partnership with Ladli, Gudri women can learn traditional block printing, beading and embroidery to enhance their skills and earn a fair wage to help improve their income. From cover ups to tassel earrings, each piece is handmade by these local artisans (one embroidered cotton Legian kaftan takes up to eight weeks to make!)
Through their designs, Baliza’s mission is to inspire us to value who makes our clothes, and to acknowledge the impact that each purchase has on the artisan. This is something I’m SO passionate about, and because of that wearing a piece from this label makes me feel empowered. I know where my money is going, and the more positive impact my purchase is making. To me, that gives meaning beyond another dress simply hanging in my wardrobe!