Everyone needs a comfy grab 'n go dress! Celebrate looking good while changing lives in this pretty number, lovingly made by the women artisans of One Mango Tree in Kampala, Uganda. Through a partnership with Global Girlfriend, One Mango Tree puts trained seamstresses to work, creating sustainable employment for them and fantastic organic apparel for you.
- 100% cotton
- Plunging v-neck
- Elasticized waistline falls below the bust
- Made in & fairly traded from Uganda
**Sizes run big. If you prefer a more fitted garment, you may wish to order one size down.
|Sizing in inches / cm||Chest (around)||Length (from hem)||Waist|
|S||36 / 91.4||38.5 / 97.8||30 / 76.2|
|M||38 / 96.5||39 / 99||31 / 78.7|
|L||40 / 101.6||39.5 / 100.3||32 / 81.3|
|XL||42 / 106.7||40 / 101.6||33 / 83.8|
"No matter how difficult things get, the mango stays green...And in times of drought, we can eat its fruit to survive.""
Northern Uganda is a region devastated by more than twenty years of armed conflict. Despite the fact that most of the conflict has subsided and many people are returning to their villages and otherwise peaceful lives, the ongoing violence destroyed many of the opportunities for earning a livelihood, especially for women. One Mango Tree was founded by and remains under the direction of a young American woman named Halle Butvin, who fell in love with Uganda's culture while on a student trip organized by the Global Youth Partnership for Africa. She recognized the talents of the many tailors of Gulu's central market, and thus One Mango Tree was formed as a partner to sell their products in a global marketplace.
Many of the women employed not only care for their own families, but also for children orphaned during the war. In addition to providing a vocation to these women, One Mango Tree provides school fees stipends to help alleviate the cost burden of sending so many orphaned children to school, as well as bicycles to ease the commute to work in the market.
One Mango Tree works with Ugandan and American designers to create their products, mixing the bright African wax printed fabrics purchased in local markets with functional design. Using foot-treadle sewing machines, the women make both traditional and modern style clothing.
Auma Lucy is One Mango Tree's head tailor and trainer, providing support and a vocation for the women she employs. Lucy is a single mother herself, caring for eleven orphans in addition to her own two children. Known throughout the community for her kindness and tailoring talents, Lucy became a magnet for young people, in the hopes that she could impart some of her knowledge and skills so they too could make a living. Having struggled herself as a young single mother, Lucy would accept as many women as would fit in her market stall. With the help of One Mango Tree, Lucy's tailors are now paid fair wages, helping them to improve their lives.
The color is incredible on this lightweight, versatile dress. I can accessorize it for dining out or wear flip flops during the day. I did have to use a hidden pin to "secure" the low neckline though. Love the dress.
I received this the other day and love it!! Really wanted the blue but it’s out of stock in SMALL. I ordered it in brown, not my best color, but I am very happy with it. It’s not as dark as it appears in the photo; more lighter/olive color. Fit is great!! Perfect for after work!!! I can see this as an errands to casual evening wear. Yes, you may wish to wear a shell/tank/camisole underneath. This dress is versatility to the nth degree. You can dress it up or down. I ordered it with the square deal bag in gold. I’d also add leopard print shoes/bag and some gold earrings/matching jewelry. Leopard print sandals/gold glitter..... possibilities are endless!!!
Color was very true to picture. Definitely need a little something under it at the top.
I also ordered this dress in blue, black and white. I am buxom and ample and the XL was great for me. Not tight at all. A lot of freedom movement. Very well made. Classy. And you can wear it alone or further dress it up. I am very pleased. I highly recommend these dresses. A must have.
This is a basic, attractive "dressy" dress. The fabric is good quality, the color (I got the blue) is nice, and the workmanship is good. You can adjust the "plunge" of the neckline from modest to daring. It's also easy to "customize" to make it uniquely your own. I added a button in back (since I don't like a deep back drape), 2 belt loops and a pretty, peacock-print sash to jazz it up. Wish it came in more colors!