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This beautiful, authentic yak wool and cotton blanket has been hand loomed in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is light weight but traps the warmth incredibly well, giving you the best of both worlds. It can be used as a throw blanket on the couch or bed and also makes a great travel blanket.
Alpacas and merino sheep are known for the extremely high quality wool that they produce and the beautiful and luxurious blankets that they can create, but there’s a fresh player on the field when it comes to cosy, comfy, super premium wool – the yak! Living mostly in the Himalayas and other parts of central Asia, yaks have shaggy, long coats with a warm woollen undercoat that serves to keep them warm in their native mountainous regions. This undercoat is used to weave versatile textiles, perfectly suitable for throws, bedspreads, and scarves, and can be dyed to suit any décor. For this season we have brought in two yak throws in a couple of generous sizes and warm, modern colours. These products were brought to us by Sana Hastakala, based in Kathmandu. Three years on from the massive earthquake the country suffered in 2015, Sana Hastakala is thriving, building itself back up from the shock and horror of the disaster. They’ve continued supporting their artisans and have managed to return to as close as can be to business-as-usual, bringing new products to market and offering excellent quality goods.
Made from: Yak wool and cotton
Yak Wool Throw$219.00
Sana Hastakala means "small handicrafts" in Nepali and was established in 1989. Sana Hastakala has been working with artisans from all over Nepal, boosting their income through providing them with steady, fair paid work. At the same time, the non-profit organisation helps to revive and preserve traditional handicraft techniques, while developing new skills and product ideas that are suited to the international market. Through a training centre based in Lalitpur, Sana Hastakala assists artisans with skill and product development.
The organisation works with over 100 producer groups, from larger workshops and co-operatives to individual households. The majority of the artisans are women, and the organisation is especially aimed at empowering women from mountain areas, who especially lack economic independence and access to health care and education. Any profits generated from sales are used to provide the artisans with financial assistance.
Sana Hastakala works with artisans from a range of traditional craft areas, including hand-woven dhaka textiles, filigree jewellery, carved wooden products and handmade lokta paper. Lokta papermaking, based on ancient Chinese techniques, was introduced into Nepal a thousand years ago by Tibetans, and means Daphne tree (the bark of which is used to make the paper) in the local dialect. The bark is collected at high altitudes to protect the fragile ecology of Nepalese forests. It is then cleaned and boiled, beaten with mallets into a pulp, and poured into frames to dry in the sun. When dry, the sheets are dyed, stencilled and printed, to produce paper renowned for high durability and excellent texture.
An update from Sana Hastakala after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April:
Monday 27 April 2015
Thank you for your e-mail. Myself, my family , our staffs and producers are fine. But there is damage to our office building, houses of our staffs and producers. There is still communication and electricity problem. We are still accessing the actual damage and it might take some days to have the information.
Monday 27 April 2015
Dear Friends, Thank you for the messages. We all are safe and fine. Our producers so far contacted are also fine.
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