KTM ORGANIC CASE — Wild Nettle

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KTM ORGANIC CASE — Wild Nettle

58.00

Our 13" classic laptop sleeve provides a genuine piece of culture for everyday use. We travelled to a small village in a remote village in Eastern Nepal to work with our partner weavers on creating a series of Himalayan Nettle in contemporary patterns. Our classic case is made from Wild Himalayan Nettle, woven in the midhills of Nepal and features a patch pocket made from indigo dyed hemp denim

 

Considered the most sustainable textile on Earth, our Himalayan Nettle is woven in the mountains of Nepal. The entire process from plant to textile is done in two remote villages, before the finished fabric is transported by donkey, porter and bus to Kathmandu. 

Through our nettle collectives, women are offered the opportunity to earn a sustainable income while remaining close to their families with time to tend to their farmland and livestock. 

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TEXTILE

Dhaka 

Dhaka is a staple of Nepal, most commonly used for men’s caps (Nepalese: topi). In the early 1900’s, topi’s were worn at every religious or social ceremony as well as ceremonies of birth, death, and marriage. In fact, until recently there was a law requiring every man to wear a topi when entering a government building. Traditionally, Dhaka was woven in a mix of black, white, red, and orange, commonly in a geometric flower pattern to symbolize the national plant. EST WST dhaka is hand woven by women in Western Nepal, where the craft first originated. 

Organic Cotton 

Despite using 40% less water and no pesticides, organic cotton contributes to less than 1% of global cotton production. Our heavy canvas is woven from 100% organic cotton, grown in South India and colored with azo-free dyes. 

CAUSE

EST WST dhaka is hand woven by women in Western Nepal, where the craft first originated. In fact, the fair wage workshop where our women weave was the first major supplier of dhaka to Nepal’s Royal Family, playing a pivotal role in the direction of design and the popularization of the textile. The factory once housed, fed and employed 400 local villagers and their families, however, due to the decrease in demand and stiff competition from machine woven Dhaka, this fair wage factory can only support 23 weavers at present. Your purchase helps preserve the art of dhaka weaving, directly benefitting rural women in Western Nepal.

Due to the excessive amount of water required to grow conventional cotton, we’ve committed to using exclusively organic cotton. By choosing to buy organic, you save enough water for somebody to drink for a year.