Can I buy Motif goods from this site?

Motif’s US distributor.

If you are an importer, wholesaler and/or retailer OUTSIDE of the USA then YES!  We look forward to hearing from you, please request an account.

In the USA Motif partners with Minga Fair Trade Imports. This fast, friendly and professional team distribute a growing selection of Motif goods you can find here. If an item on our Motif site catches your eye but can’t be found at Minga, please contact Minga on +1 262 248 8790 or info@mingaimports.com and share the request with them.

Interested in a custom order for yourself or a client (minimum 100pcs)? Then from anywhere, including the USA, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you’re looking for a special Motif item as a personal gift then please check our list of stockists and/or your local Fair Trade store. Tell them about that cute Motif bag you’d love and have them contact us – you never know it may be possible!

How do I open an account with Motif?

Very simple! Just fill in a few lines here. We’ll review your request and open your account in just 2 – 3 business days. If needed we’ll be in touch for any further info and look forward to welcoming you.

How do I place an order?

Please shop at Motif the same as any other website until the checkout. At that point no money will be exchanged. We review your order and then confirm the details and delivery date for your shipment. When were all agreed, production begins on receipt of a 50% advance payment direct to our bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Details are sent at that time. Please click here for more detailed info.

Do you have any minimums or discounts?

Hand & Cloth display Motif’s kantha work.

Yes we do. A minimum of 50pcs per item and a minimum goods total of $1,500 per order.

  • Minimums are negotiable, so please contact us with any queries.
  • Bulk discounts are available on 500pcs per item and above.
  • Custom goods are always a minimum of 100pcs per item.
  • Motif also works with designers on their own small collections. Minimums are mutually agreed.
  • Please click here for more detailed info.

 

How is my order shipped and how long will it take?

Jharna checks a shipment.

Jharna checks an order ready to go.

Depending on the urgency, volume, weight and destination we will suggest the best option for your order.

By Courier: 2 – 3 days
By Air: within a week
By Sea: 4 – 6 weeks

Motif can consolidate orders from other suppliers in Bangladesh and work with named shipping agents if preferred. Please click here for more detailed info.

How can I be a distributor of Motif goods?

We’re really happy you ask that question! We look forward to starting a conversation with you to find if indeed we are good fit for each other. Please contact us.

What is Fair Trade?

A Motif team meeting.

Here’s what makes trade more equitable and fair:

  1. Opportunities for disadvantaged producers
  2. Transparency and accountability
  3. Fair Trade practices
  4. Fair payment
  5. No child labour. No forced labour
  6. No discrimination. Gender equity. Freedom of Association
  7. Good working conditions
  8. Capacity building
  9. Promote Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the environment

For a detailed description please visit the World Fair Trade Organisation site.

Motif is an active member of ECOTA , the national Fair Trade certifying body of Bangladesh. ECOTA is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.

Why is Fair Trade important?

Nasma and her son Raju.

Just as we expect to be properly paid and respected for our work, Fair Trade lets us properly pay and respect those who produce all we eat, use and wear – it’s only fair.

At Motif we see first hand the amazing shift that happens for families with a Fair Trade wage earner, often women, as head of their household. Nasma’s son is the first in her family ever to go to school, Shireen’s daughter Shoma, was able to take a computing course and now works for Motif, and so much more.

How do I know it’s a Fair Trade product?

Once upon a time, in the ’90s Pre-Internet Era when Motif set up, just about everyone in the Alternative Trade Organization world knew each other – it was a small family and trust was high. 

As the Internet began connecting us and sharing information, our Fair Trade Family grew so large so quickly that a way to recognise and trust new family members was needed – and so Third Party Accreditation systems came along. 

Over the years criteria to gain accreditation have been refined and there are now certification logos identifying a Fair Trade product and/or producer. Many national accrediting bodies exist too, so be sure and check for those in your own country. 

Is Motif Fair Trade certified?

Motif is a certified member of the following Fair Trade organisations:

ECOTA, the national Fair Trade certifying body of Bangladesh. ECOTA is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Motif’s founder, Jackie Corlett, runs regular workshops for fellow artisan enterprise members on design, production, marketing, export and business processes.

The Artisan Alliance, a dynamic network of artisan and commercial businesses; pioneers in Fair Trade and also those new to this world of social enterprise.

 

Chicago Fair Trade, the largest Fair Trade City in the USA. Motif is proud to be one of CFT’s earliest members and committed to seeing it thrive.

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