One of our most beloved pieces at Wild Blossoms is the Wildflower Dress. This beautiful, bohemian-inspired dress is lovingly handmade by artisans in Ecuador, each dress being a unique original with no two pieces having the exact same colours or embroidery.
Girls everywhere love this dress; it is simple enough to play freely in every day, but also pretty enough for special occasions.
What makes this dress extra special for me is that it is sourced through a cottage industry which supports women locally in the region where it is made.
The dresses are embroidered and finished with incredible detail and skill by women who work out of their own homes, which gives them the ability to contribute to the household finances while still being able to look after their families.
Our Wildflower dresses are made by the talented, hard-working women of a small city in Ecuador. These talented people are very adaptable, and they have managed to transform their ancient hand-sewing techniques in textiles into an on-demand product. This skill and adaptability are partly why they still prosper today and survive as a culture, without losing their identity.
Cottage industries keep families together. The women are able to pass on teachings such as language, tradition and the textiles skills themselves onto their children. The unique characteristics of the culture continue to be preserved and live on in the next generation.
These beautiful dresses are the creation of a wife and mother named Mercedes. Mercedes grew up very poor and her family survived on raising sheep and selling the wool as a raw material.
At home, Mercedes learned to operate a manual loom and soon began making ponchos and blankets to sell. She moved into other types of clothing for both adults and children, and eventually she began working with cotton. She began designing and making these adorable, embroidered dresses which have been very successful and popular.
While Mercedes still embroiders when she has the time, the majority of the work is given to local housewives who work in their own homes, so they may earn much needed income while still fulfilling their domestic roles. Working in this way is necessary, as still today many husbands will not permit their wives to work outside the home.
Having begun her career with ponchos and blankets, Mercedes now owns her own store and employs most of her family where she sells an array of cotton, embroidered garments, woollen garments and purses.
Wild Blossoms began with my own love of crafting beautiful clothes so I appreciate how much time and effort goes into making these beautiful pieces. I now love being able to source and sell clothes that promote women in the manufacturing industry, including in Ecuador and also Bali where most of our pieces are made.
Mass produced clothing, I believe, doesn’t last as long or feel as good, but worst of all, this industry can be guilty of not supporting the workers and communities that it relies upon to make them.
I am proud of the wages and conditions offered to the workers who produce our clothes, as well as the empowerment and independence that this work provides. Like mothers anywhere, the dream is to be able to work from home and earn money, while still being able to do what is best for her children.
Our Wildflower dresses come in white and natural. We also have available a super-cute Wildflower top recently added to the collection.
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