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Tie Dye

Natural dying is one of our main production activities. To create the natural dyes we combine numerous herbs, fruits and vegetables such as madder, lac, catechu, indigo, maraboloon, pomegranate, ratanjo, maharangi, emblic (amala), walnut and onion skin. Each piece of fabric is tied and stitched tightly together in patterns to prevent absorption of the dye, and then they are dipped in successive colors. All tie-dye process and products are made on site at Manushi in Nakkhu.

 

Banana Fiber

Banana fiber products are one of best example of the use of natural resources. The banana tree has a long history of use for traditional and ritual purposes. From a commercial perspective it has become a strong source of various textile materials such as yarn, fiber and wool to produce clothing, bedding and carpets.

 

Silver

Manushi craftspeople combine traditional practices of handmade silver jewelry combined with modern designs, incorporating semi-precious stones such as lapis, garnet, tiger's eye, coral, turquoise and Malakite. Silver jewelry for Manushi is made in Lalitpur near Kathmandu by five different producers groups.  Traditionally men do the melting, cutting and fixing of jewelry pieces whereas women do the fine, intricate work of polishing and packaging, all of which is done in family households. The silver and some stones are imported from India.

 

Silk

Silk can either knitted into products like shawls, scarves, and dresses of various designs or weaved with other fabric like cotton or Pashmina. Spawning, harvesting, dying, knitting, weaving and product creation are all done by 35 Nepali women working for Manushi in its production house in Lubu.  We offer a wide variety of products such as shawls and clothing and accessories.

 

Pashmina

Nepal is well known for its finely woven Pashmina shawls. They are hand-woven from wool sheared from Himalayan mountain goats. The ultra-soft wool is spun by hand into fine yarns and then woven into fabric with the handloom, sometimes mixing the Pashmina fibers with cotton or silk.

 

Knitwear

Knitted products include shirts, hats, bags, dresses and more. Knitwear comes in a broad range of designs and colors, using cotton, silk or Pashmina threads. Manushi gets its supply from three production groups: one group of 15in Kathmandu and another in Kirtipur, and another in Makwanpur made up of 28 speech impaired producers.

 

Allo

The natural Allo fiber comes from the bark of the giant nettle Girardinia diversifolia and has been extracted for generations by the people of the high mountains regions, at altitudes of 1200m to 3000m. Allo is traditionally woven into cloth, placemats and table dressings, and most recently into vests, shawls, bags, cushions covers, wallets, and clothing, all colored with natural dyes.

 

Hemp

Hemp is native to Nepal and has been used for generations in the hill areas because of its strength and durability. In recent years, Hemp fabric has been used to make a great variety of fashionable products such as bags, purses, wallets and clothing. Most Manushi hemp products come from the village of Godauri near the Kathmandu Valley from 2 producers groups with a total of more than 50 workers.

 

Mithila Painting

It has been the tradition for women in Janakpur to paint lively designs on the walls of their homes. Figures are shown without perspective, often in profile, with large eyes alongside natural details such as leaves, lotus flowers, parrots and fish. Now artists are painting Mithila art on handmade Nepali paper using poster paints and fabric colors on household items such as mirrors, ceramics, tablecloths, bed sheets and T-shirts.

 

Felt

Felt is pressed, matted fabric formed by heat, moisture and friction, causing the wool fibers to interlock without spinning, weaving or knitting. Felt is a textile and a non-woven fabric. Some of the raw wool is sourced locally but most of the supply is imported from Australia and New Zealand because it is softer and provides a higher quality product. Pieces can be joined or sewed together into different functional objects, fashion accessories, bags and slippers.

 

Polymarble

Polymarble is a composit material made from resin and marble powder blended together to make light and strong figurines. Manushi Polymarble items are produced in Kathmandu by a producers group of about 20 workers. Polymarble is a new product for Manushi, introduced under the direction of a sculpture designer who oversees production of Buddhas, animals and decorative items.

 

Lokta Paper

The bark from Daphne Cannabina or " Lokta" in the local language, is the raw material used. Boiling and beaten, the pulp is poured onto wooden frames and then sun dried. The sheets are transported to paper factories where they are dyed, stenciled, printed and transformed into attractive products by craftsmen such as greeting cards, stationary sets, notebooks, gift wrapping paper, bags, envelopes, photo frames and many more items with modern designs.