Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection that blends the traditional artforms of India with timeless and modern design aesthetic, bringing people and cultures closer together.
Our collection of jewelry, home decor and unique gifts are made from natural and upcycled materials that are sourced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We partner with over 1,500 artisans in marginalized communities throughout India to create economic and sustainable living opportunities. We aim to break the gender and inequality gap by paving a path to create confidence for women artisans. This is done by investing in vocational training, literacy programs and providing fair wage opportunities to women artisans to feel empowered to reach their full potential and become entrepreneurs.
A Fair Trade Love Story: Meet Our Founders
On a trip back to his native India after years living in the United States, Manish Gupta was struck by the extreme material poverty of his homeland. With a deep respect for the rich culture and the untapped potential of rural Indians, he began asking questions. After hundreds of conversations and even more glasses of tea, Manish realized that he had a role to play — that he could bridge these two seemingly disparate worlds.
Ruchi Agrawal followed a similar path of inspiration. She began her career working with export houses in India as a designer. There she experienced first hand the exploitation of workers taking place in the fashion world. Workers endure appalling working conditions for extremely low compensation, creating a cycle of poverty that is nearly impossible to escape from. Ruchi desperately wanted to find a way to break this cycle and change the way the fashion industry operates.
On a fateful “arranged” date, Manish and Ruchi discovered their shared aspirations to create a more kind and fair world. Needless to say, the date went well and the duo began collaborating on what would soon become Matr Boomie.
They began on the ground in India partnering with grassroots organizations to transform unskilled women and men into community artisans. Manish and Ruchi personally ensured that the materials and processes used in production were safe for people and kind to the land. With the help of family, a team in India was established to guarantee efficient communications and high-quality production. On the other side of the globe, a team in Austin was gathered to design custom collections that delight, while honoring the culture and craft of Indian artisans. Over a decade later, the little company run out of Manish and Ruchi’s Austin apartment has grown into a leading fair trade company and innovator in ethical, sustainable business. Today, Ruchi and Manish continue to lead Matr Boomie together.
Matr Boomie means Motherland
Traveling back 3,000 years to ancient India, you will hear Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages, spoken on the tongues of people walking in the streets. It is here where we find inspiration for our company name.
In Sanskrit, matr signifies ‘mother’ and boomie stands for ‘land’. Together, Matr Boomie means motherland, the ground we walk on, the creative source. Transcending borders and boundaries, Matr Boomie alludes to all the people and places who have shaped our character and woven our unique perspectives. It is not just the places we were born, but all the places we’ve seen and felt. This unifying principle of oneness is what we want to interweave into our business and culture.
Here at Matr Boomie, our mission is to bring people and cultures closer together, where we dissolve our differences and celebrate our oneness. We want people to recognize that we all belong to one Mother Earth, one MotherLand.
Join us in creating a world where we are All One. All Kin.
custom designed products
With roots deep in Indian culture and an eye towards modern design, all of our pieces hint at a deeper story. Our in-house design team creates products that are timeless and totally custom to Matr Boomie. By studying traditional Indian art forms and drawing inspiration from current trends, we craft unique pieces that you will fall in love with!
access to unique resources
Unlike traditional import businesses, the roots of our company are in India. Being on the ground and working alongside our artisan gives us access to tools and resources that are otherwise impervious. This gives us the advantage to create unique and one of a kind designs that are sure to WOW you.
be a part of something bigger
To us, this is more than just business. We work diligently to provide a way to break the cycle of poverty in India and to empower our partner communities. We go beyond fair wages and actively invest in development projects, healthcare, and education. It is about changing lives and creating a more beautiful and kind world. Join us to make an impact!