We are a cooperative that was born between one trip and another 5 years ago. During our trips, we have contacted producers and artisans from all over the world, and we work and sell products made by different ethnic communities, Fabrics made by the Tzotzil ethnic group of Chiapas, Mexico, nettle textile made by women from Nepal, hemp fabrics, etc., are ecological fabrics, friendly to the environment and that travel from the artisan who produces it to your hands. Nepalese hemp is produced by the inhabitants of the Himalayan mountains since those who collect the plant and do the processes to remove the hemp thread are mainly women. It is they who with their handlooms produce the fabrics and sew. And we, who believe in self-management of our own lives, give priority to this type of business relationship. These micro "companies" (family) exist in all areas where the different tissues are produced. In the north-west of Nepal, nettle and hemp are heavily worked, in the south-west (Pokhara), hemp is widely worked as well as in north-east Nepal. Hemp in Nepal is neither cultivated, nor ploughed, nor planted, it grows free and wild and the ways to work it go back thousands of years. Now, although if the methods that exist through the technique can be more varied: industrial production, chemicals, use and abuse of raw material, etc., in practice it has not had much impact on the manufacturing methods of fabrics; Nepalese women continue to harvest the plants by hand, hand-craft them and continue to weave them at home with their handlooms, in fact, we have ever met a weaver while casually walking near her home, hearing the noise of her work, so characteristic, not being able to pass without stopping and browsing. Many times it is a salary that enters the house, sometimes the only one, since for other needs they barter with the neighbour, and in the mountain towns, the imposed needs do not oppress as much as in the city. Other times it is the pride of giving you a job that is art, that has seen it born and grow with its own hands. They are especially proud of their work.
There are no industrial hemp plantations in Nepal. Hemp is collected from the jungle, as it grows wild all over the foothills of the Himalayas. The hemp artisans, in common agreement with the communities that manage the different areas of collection of the plants, transform the plant with artisanal methods and manage to make a variety of threads, of different fabric compositions, of crafts already finished in beautiful bags, scarves, hats, etc, that would fill any backpack of the most demanding traveller. They continue their rhythm of life without caring much about the fast-paced world of the city, in fact, in all of Nepal, there is no industry, as elsewhere, that is capable of making a fine hemp thread, which can be used to make a T-shirt or a more intimate object. Then the hemp plants travel to China, which borders them, where they have that industry and returns to Nepal again in the form of fine yarn suitable for making a shirt or something else. This fine thread is worked on the looms of the workshops mainly in the cities making infinite varieties of weaving; sometimes it comes mixed with linen, cotton, silk, wool, bamboo, etc.
We work with several suppliers, be it the thread and the fabric produced in the mountains, as the fabric produced in the city, sometimes made with manual looms and others with mechanical looms. We use both the yarn made in the mountains and the yarn made in the industry.
Our goal is to work with ecological fabrics that respect the environment as much as possible, working with the artisans who care for and reproduce a way of life that respects nature and the human being in their relationship with it, that is why we work with communities ethnic because we believe in them and in it.
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