PASHOM is dedicated to supporting Fair Trade and ethical production, and we currently work with 2 such businesses in Nepal who make our beautiful products. In the future we hope to support many more Fair Trade businesses in Nepal and throughout the world.
Our "Grassroots" cotton bags are hand woven by a registered Fair Trade women's co-operative in Nepal. Established in 1975, they now employ over 350 Nepalese women from a range of social and ethnic groups, many of whom are widowed, divorced, handicapped or from disadvantaged backgrounds. The project provides them with skills training and support, allowing them to become self sufficient members of society. Their handwoven products are of the finest quality, and we are very proud to be working with and representing such a wonderful organisation that empowers so many women in Nepal.
Our "Design" range of felt fashion accessories and children's toys are made exclusively for us by a wonderful women's co-operative in Kathmandu that employs over 80 women full-time and provides them with vocational skills enabling them to support their families. They are incredibly skilled in the art of felting, which is an intricate process of lathering wool and hot soapy water together and through moisture, heat and friction a unique and beautiful product is created. The wool is imported from New Zealand and is hand-dyed in Nepal using ecologically approved dyes. We visit Nepal yearly with our designs and work very closely with the wonderful women who make our products. As there is little local demand for felt, this co-operative and its employees rely solely upon export for their livelihoods, so we are delighted to be able to contribute to their sustainability.