With nature at heart
“Responsible consumption and production” - UN 12th sustainable development goal
With a focus on nature, environment, comfort and the idea that the unique beats the mass-produced, we are offering handmade products with elements from the Himalayas mountains and the natural materials that can be found in Nepal. The elements we are using is mainly hemp, lokta, buckwheat, cotton as well as Rudraksha seeds and stones in our Malas. Most our products come in four colour variation regarding the cotton part, while the hemp is only in its unbleached natural form. All the paper that is used, for the books and the small boxes for the malas are all natural handmade paper without any bleach, with only vegetable colouring. This means the colours might differ from product to product. Every product is unique, with handwoven fabrics there will also be small differences in the fabric, we like to see this as the specially made uniqueness of every object that we offer to you.
For 1500 years, handmade paper has been made in the mountain area of Nepal. The raw material that is used is the bark of Daphne Cannabin or Daphna papyracea locally known as Lokta. It is renowned for its exceptional durability and special texture. The oldest available Hindu and Buddhist texts, royal edicts and legal documents are centuries old and have always been recorded on Nepali handmade paper. The bark is collected from high altitude of 2000 meter, with environmental awareness to preserve the fragile ecology of Nepal’s forests. The process involves cooking the bark, washing it twice, chopping and beating with wooden mallets. The soft pulp is poured over a wooden frame and spread evenly by gently shaking the frame in a water tank or pond and the put to be sun dried.
We believe in village-based self-reliance through the promotion of traditionally inspired hand-crafted products that reflects the unique culture and heritage. Buy buying these products we are grateful that you are also supporting this ancient craft.
Hemp is growing wild in Nepal and is very durable, strong and sustainable to grow. The hemp that is used in our products are all unbleached, organic, handwoven with all its uniqueness, in its natural shape and colour. We strive to only use natural materials, with the exception of some details that is hard to avoid; for example, the zipper that has plastic in it. Most of the products are delivered in a cotton bag. Our aim is to offer plant based, organic products and values to likeminded people around the world.
Some of the benefits of using hemp:
- It is sustainable and environmentally friendly; To grow hemp would save a lot of forest, working against the greenhouse effect as the rapid growth of the plant consume a big amount of CO2. It consumes more the 4 times as much as an average tree. It takes on an average around 20 years for a tree to be ready to cut, while hemp can be harvested every 3-4 months. One acre of hemp gives as much paper as four acres of woods.
- Hemp has exceptional durability; The hempfiber is one of the strongest ones with the best durability of all the natural fibres.
- Hemp is clean; Hemp is naturally antibacterial and can fight off mould easily, it does not have to be washed as often.
- Hemp can be grown everywhere; Hemp can be cultivated in a wide range of climate zones, making it an excellent option in places where it is hard to make anything grow.
- Hemp give better soil; Hemp is strengthening and refining the soil. It attracts impurities from wastewater and chemicals that can destroy the soil In Chernobyl hemp is planted to reduce the amount of radioactivity in the soil.
- Hemp does not need any pesticides; Hemp is resistant against a lot of diseases and pests and can therefore be grown without chemicals.
- Hemp acquire a small amount of water; You need 9800 litres of water to produce one kg of cotton, while in comparison hemp only need 2900 litre water per kg. Around 70 % less.
- Hempseeds can feed the world; Hempseeds are more nutritious then soybeans. The seeds contain 25% protein, more essential fats omega 3 and omega 6 than any other source and they are rich in B vitamins and fibre.
- Hemp is good for your general health; Since no chemicals or pesticides are needed to grow hemp the fabrics made of hemp will also be free of this and you avoid this poison on your skin.
- Hemp can be used for a great variety of things; Paper, building material, bioenergy, fuel, rope, beer, washing powder, colour, food, textile, cosmetic, medicine, animal food, plastic replacements etc.
Sources: Frida; Skogoglandskap, TheHIA, FIVH, BergensTidene, Dagbladet, Hordnes, ØkologiskDebio, BioZantium