Product Care Guide

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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 re-dried to help separate the fibers. They are then hand beaten to break apart the fibers and prepare them for spinning. The fibers are then hand-combed and spun by our women into yarn to be ready for weaving.

Cotton:

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

Sourcing: We source our cotton spun and un-dyed 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 re-dried to help separate the fibers. They are then hand beaten to break apart the fibers and prepare them for spinning. The fibers are then hand-combed and spun by our women into yarn 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.


Keep your product looking great by following these care instructions. While we strive to make easily maintained products, nothing in this care guide guarantees that your product may not leak color or suffer damage during use, washing, drying, or ironing.

Hemp:

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

Cotton is as easy to care for as it is comfortable. Follow these simple tips to learn how to care for cotton fabric and keep your cotton products looking and feeling beautiful wash after wash.

Washing: Wash in warm or cool water to prevent shrinking and fading. Wash with similar colors. Use hot water carefully, as washing cotton in hot water can cause it to shrink.

Drying: Cotton fabrics can be air-dried or machine dried using moderate-to-low heat. High heats can cause cotton fibers to shrink.

Do not machine dry cotton mats or cushions. Air dry only.

Ironing: Iron on high heat while fabric is slightly damp. Use steam as needed. Note that ironing can usually be avoided by air drying or removing immediately from the machine.

Leather:

Used in our purses

To avoid fading and cracking, keep leather products out of the sun a cool or dry place when not in use.

Washing: Brush your leather down with a damp cloth. Do not use any soaps or general cleaners. Do not machine wash. Leather-specific cleaners can be applied to keep the leather clean, shiny and crack free.

Cotton Suede:

Used in our embroidered travel bags

Our cotton suede is 61% cotton and 39% polyester. We purchase cotton suede rather than animal-derived suede

Washing: Brush your suede down with a damp cloth. Do not use any soaps or general cleaners. Do not machine wash.

Cashmere Wool:

Used in our scarves & shawls

Our handwoven cashmere scarves can be very fragile, so take extra care when handling and cleaning.

Washing: Dry cleaning is the best option for the cashmere products. If hand washing, use a cold water bath with baby shampoo or mild detergent. Gently work the soap into the product and rise thoroughly in cold water.

Drying: Lay your cashmere items flat out of direct sunlight in their natural shape to air dry. Never use the dryer!