Hemp bags ethical, eco-responsible & solidarity
This plant that we love so much can now be worn on the back. Two French companies launch their brand of handmade hemp bags & accessories in Nepal under the name of Himalayan Made. The video above explains the project & values of the 2 youth.
Like many people, the desire to create a company that resembles us has been in our heads for a long time. Difficult to find a product at once original & ecological but the day we discovered the hemp, it became as obvious for us, it was necessary to launch. Our trip to Nepal has allowed us to have good encounters & learn more about this plant still used extensively in the country. When we first met Saheen, we immediately adhered to his philosophy. She and her sister Nasreen have created a fair trade organization called Local Women's Handicraft. The purpose of the organization is to help disadvantaged Nepalese women by teaching them various techniques of the textile world. They thus have real skills that allow them to have real added value in the labor market. The working conditions are excellent, the workshops are splendid and their salary is 3 times higher than the average Nepalese salary. This organization is a very rare example to follow in Nepal, which inspires us every day!
These women use cotton, nettle but also hemp as main raw materials. Thanks to them, we were able to spend more than a month in their workshop & create a unique collection with as a first idea: keep as much hemp as possible
Indeed, the hemp is a miraculous plant, graciously offered by the earth but of which the Man is not interested in its fair value. It does not need any pesticides for its cultivation, no irrigation (only rainwater is enough) and it is ultra resistant. Opposite, cotton represents 25% of the pesticides in the world & is ultra greedy in water. In India, the leading cotton producing country, cancer cases have drastically increased reaching 1 220 000 in 2016. Dramatic figures related to the use of pesticides ...
The textile industry is the 2th most polluting industry in the world, especially because we consume in an unwise way but also because we do not use the right raw materials. One of the solutions is before our eyes, there is only one plant in the world that can satisfy all our needs and this plant is hemp. Dyes are also a major cause of pollution and disease. Azoids, heavy metals and many other substances are also responsible for many diseases ... these substances are found on our clothes and therefore on our skin, impossible to fight. Yet the solution is simple, more expensive of course but 100% natural: vegetable dyes.
The task was not easy !! Find an on-site partner using ancestral methods & who says no to all forms of chemical dyes, not easy. But by dint of meeting we finally came across the perfect partner. Kakani Himalayan Natural Dye takes its name from the Kakani region & its forest. An essential forest that provides all the natural elements necessary for coloring by plant dyes. We use wild rhubarb, curcumin, pomegranate ... and many others. The company also works for disadvantaged women in the Kakani region and has even been awarded the 2012 Social Enterprise of the Year award. A second video was made of their trip showing you the whole process of natural coloring:
We wanted to add an extra dimension to our business by sponsoring an association that is dear to us, Himali. It is an association working for poor children in Nepal, accompanying them throughout their childhood. During our stay in Nepal, we took the opportunity to spend 1 week with them. We decided to actively participate in the life of the orphanage by repainting the doors and windows of the establishment. For each bag sold, we donate 1 euro to Himali.