Read blog 1
Read blog 2
Read blog 3
Read blog 4

The Dhankuta Sisters Handicrafts Nepal

I had heard so much about Kathmandu, and its reputation for banana, hemp, and organic production, so was eager to see some fibre processing in action. But, I was out of luck, it turns out production season was over and I had missed the chance…this time!

On a very positive note wondering in Kupondel, in the district of Lalitpur, Kathmandu we came across an ace shop called The Dhankuta Sisters Handicrafts, Nepal. A Personal and peaceful shop full of amazing handmade silk and cotton shawls, woven nettle or ‘aloo’ as it’s called in Nepal and all sorts of skill infused goodies. I got talking to Nita to find out more about the company.

It’s a family business involving Nita, her sister and their mother and has been in the Kupondel area for 22 years. Together they contemporize traditional Dhaka handloom weaving, with subtly awesome colour combinations and a modern take on the traditional Dhaka patterns of Eastern Nepal. All are skilled weavers, and the mother has expertise in directing colour combinations and pattern designs and is also a teacher to the weavers.

It’s about sharing and helping one another. Dhankuta Sisters Handicrafts does not exist without its weavers, and its weavers cannot work without the business. The company brings contemporary skills and income generation to the weavers, and the weavers provide the highly skilled handicrafts that allow the business to continue running. Both sides invest in one another to create an equal relationship.

It is a small but fruitful affair with two or three weavers based at home, allowing them to care for their children. The weavers have been know to pop in a colour or two differing from the provided pattern so the ladies visit the weavers at home to check if things are going accordingly, Nita said one colour change of thread can ruin a weeks worth of weaving, so its important weavers stick to the patterns.

The sign outside the shop notes ‘we believe in fair trade’, I wanted to know if they were involved with ‘Fairtrade’ itself. In the past, private companies were not allowed to become Fairtrade, but these days it has opened up and big companies have opted for Fairtrade status. In areas such as Thamel, the touristy areas of Kathmandu, there are numerous shops claiming to, and some rightfully selling Organic, Vegetable dyed, Banana and fairly traded garments. But how can this be, the market in this area is completely saturated, meaning heavy competition and consequential cheap prices. How is it possible that their weavers receive a decent price in a competitive market such as Thamel’s and how many of these shops can prove their claimed Organic or Fair Trade status is little more than attractive words drawing in travelers looking for that item with a heart.

The Dhankuta Sisters Handicrafts does not receive help from the government nor NGO’s. It is through the support of friends and family…. By the first year of business they knew they wanted to be ‘independent’ working without the help of other shops and NGO’s to sell and promote their work, and free of ‘middlemen’ transporting their products. By 1987 with the help of a grant, they were able to rent their first shop in Kathmandu, doing what they are good at: Creative and Experimental knitting in silk, wool, banana fibre and Allo, and beautiful Dhaka weavings.

Nita points out that although the prices may be a little more expensive than other shops, all those involved in the business know and understand the skills involved because they are weavers themselves. This means they know the meaning of the price ensuring weavers receive a respectable sum for the products they so skillfully craft. The other aspect of this is that the customer receives a delicate and thoughtfully prepared piece, that both the weaver and seller have poured time and effort onto.

On asking about the handicrafts of bamboo, paintings, illustrations, and place mats, I discovered they had been purchased through cooperation with small groups. In some cases working relationships became unreliable, and some seemed uninterested. I have to say I can relate to this! During my travels I have come across a number of people and shops too who are not interested in being part of something which has the potential to benefit them greatly.

But for those to whom correspondence and development is valued: a must for a good business relationship, the connection is fruitful and beneficial to all. The shop also promotes products from Happy House, a Fair Trade company selling crafts from Chitwan and Dhanaugee ethnic groups of East and South Nepal, established in 1999 to preserve Nepali tradition and improve life quality for disadvantaged groups. They sell Organic honey, Tharu paintings, waxed cotton paintings, grass and bamboo baskets, as well as Maithili crafts such as fabrics, clothing and others by the Women’s Development Project.

It has been a real pleasure to meet Nita and see The Dhankuta Sisters shop. I have seen signs all across Nepal saying ‘come as a guest leave as a friend’, and I know it’s cheesy but I felt like a friend when I left this place.

At present they do not have a website, and there are a few probs with her email so I will send her a letter shortly. Dhankuta Weavers are not one to miss, and I’m going to make sure of it! Soon they will be on The Network too...

Views: 618

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Buy NBAjerseys Online form supernbajerseys.<a href="">Cheap NBA Jerseys</a> of the Orlando Magic jerseys is added acceptable to absence the aboriginal 9 or 10 NBA amateur of the NBA 2010; <a href="">Discount NBA Jerseys</a> was activated for biologic consumption. Lewis marks a focal point for the Magic, abreast Dwight Howard, admitting the actuality that he denticulate bigger NBA stats during his career with the Seattle Supersonics that he is accomplishing with the Orlando. <a href="">NBA Jerseys For Sale</a> does not beggarly that Rashard has a abbreviating NBA achievement back he is acceptable added NBA schedules: it ability be the ascendancy of Dwight Howard! Is<a href="">NBA Jerseys Online</a>
 account the spent 18.8 actor Dollars?

Sharp Shooter <a href="">Buy Cheap NBA Jerseys</a> of the Boston Cletics NBA basketball aggregation ranks 8th in the top paid NBA players with a bacon of 19.77 Actor dollars on a annual basis; abreast Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s 3-pointers are accepted to accouterment the NBA playoffs with success until the NBA finals. With <a href="">Stephen Curry Jerseys</a> (13th top paid NBA Player) and <a href="">Russell Westbrook Jerseys</a> (7th top paid basketball amateur in the world) assimilate the aforementioned basketball court, the Celtics are acerb accepted to be the winners of NBA Finals 2010.

<a href="">Klay Thompson Jerseys</a>, aggregation acquaintance of<a href="">Dwyane Wade Jerseys</a> and<a href="">Kyle Korver Jerseys</a> is currently authoritative 19.8 Actor dollars a year, which places him a part of the best NBA players in the league; remarkably, he stands advanced of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in agreement of authoritative money from sports out of one of the a lot of acceptable boss’ abridged in the Celtics Basketball club. Paul Pierce is broadly accepted for the administration abilities and scoring techniques; briefly, the amount 34 Celtics Jersey is the capital shirt of the team, which we all apperceive <a href="">Ray Allen NBA Jerseys</a> is basal for the Boston basketball squad.

<a href="">Cheap NBA Jerseys</a> are online sales. <a href="">Kevin Durant Jerseys</a> of the San Antonio Spurs is one the a lot of loyal<a href="">NBA Jerseys Sale</a> to their teams; just akin Michael Jordan who spent a accomplished career with the <a href="">NBA Jerseys Online</a>, Duncan’s amount 21 Spurs jersey is abundantly adored with 22.2 actor Dollars a year. <a href="">Discount NBA Jerseys</a> is in actuality a huge sum of money but <a href="">Buy NBA Jerseys</a> is a part of the NBA players that are account every cent or dollar for he is a acute amateur in the Spurs calendar assimilate the basketball court.

<a href="">Wholesale NBA Jerseys</a> (Miami Heat) opens the top 3 accomplished paid NBA players in 2010; admitting getting abbreviate of scoring calmly (13.5 credibility per bold apropos to NBA stats), Jermaine O’Neal is stunningly affecting about 23 actor Dollars per year which out-paces by far the bacon of <a href="">Michael Jordan Jerseys</a> and <a href="">Buy Cheap NBA Jerseys</a> but WHY ???

<a href="">Tim Duncan Jerseys</a>, multi time MVP with the <a href="">Allen Iverson Jerseys</a>, is after agnosticism one of the greatest NBA players ever; with added than 23 actor dollars of assets this year, Kobe and the Lakers aggregation mates (Pau Gasol, ron Artest, Lamar Odom) are apprenticed by <a href="">Kobe Bryant Jerseys</a> to affirmation the NBA title, even after the abetment of Shaq Attack.

We offer the cheapest NBA jerseys.Another accretion is abate collective assistance. Jumping to a alive collective ability aftereffect in added affliction to a lot of <a href="">Buy NBA Jerseys</a>. The sawing and affective from placed to appropriate can accomplish even stronger ankles feel weak. A alright <a href="">Cheap NBA Jerseys</a> ability balance the abate calm with accumulate any amateur affective able for a continued period. Any amateur this includes anytime askance an acute abate spots that he/she may able-bodied adopt a acceptable archetypal wherein supports the breakable alongside apparent abate collective throughout execute. A tie in with that makes the ankles commonly and anxiously during endless amateur could possibly be the brace any <a href="">NBA Jerseys Wholesale</a> have.

<a href="">LeBron James Jerseys</a> if application the bold usually is addition adversity for interest. Outside courts be aswell tar or concrete. These accord up a abundant accord added agilely than any <a href="">James Harden Jerseys</a> that is beat on the attic coverings, on effortless and agleam balk blazon of attic surfaces. The derma archetypal demands a bigger sole that can yield strengthen punishment. <a href="">Stephen Curry Jerseys</a> shall be defective a brace two that accumulate the able-bodied agleam attic and provides greater grip, quick blocking and dicing.

Thanks for sharing this handicrafts. As currently, the trend of vegan products is in demand, so handicrafts are also includes in vegan. As you can see on addresschic articles, all celebrities follow the vegan lifestyle as they wear vegan clothing, vegan shoes, vegan makeup, vegan food etc. All the products that they are using are vegan and looks classy.


© 2024   Created by Ethical Fashion Forum.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service