How we source our fibers

Our Commitment to Transparency

Hemp:

Used in our backpacks, bags, purses, cushions and rugs/mats

Sourcing: Since hemp grows naturally in Nepal, we regularly source all of our hemp from farms or harvesters near our centers.

 

Processing: Once harvested, the hemp plants are sun-dried, soaked, then dried again to help separate the fibers. They’re then beaten by hand to break the fibers apart and prepare them for spinning. The fibers are then combed and spun into yarn by hand to be ready for weaving.


Cotton:

Used in our backpacks, bags, purses, cushions and rugs/mats
Sourcing: We source our spun and undyed cotton from local organic suppliers.


Leather:

Used in our purses

Sourcing: We source cowhides from local Nepal-based cattle ranchers.

Processing: Our women prepare, tan, and crust the leather in our centers.

 


Cotton Suede:

Used in our embroidered travel bags

Sourcing: Our cotton suede is 61% cotton and 39% polyester. We purchase cotton suede rather than animal-derived suede from local suppliers.


Cashmere Wool:

Used in our scarves & shawls

Sourcing: Since hemp grows naturally in Nepal, we regularly source all of our hemp from farms or harvesters near our centers.

 

Processing: Once harvested, the hemp plants are sun-dried, soaked, then dried again to help separate the fibers. They’re then beaten by hand to break the fibers apart and prepare them for spinning. The fibers are then combed and spun into yarn by hand to be ready for weaving.


Dyes:

Sourcing: Our dyes come from a variety of sources. Whenever possible, we use natural dyes derived from plants.


Processing: Our artists hand dye all of our fibers, with complete control over their final product.