KTM ORGANIC CASE — Waves

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KTM ORGANIC CASE — Waves

58.00

Our 13" laptop sleeve provides a genuine piece of culture for everyday use. We travelled to a small village in Western Nepal to work with our partner weavers on creating a series of traditional Dhaka patterns in contemporary colors. Our classic case is made from hand woven Nepalese Dhaka and features an indigo dyed hemp denim pocket and vegetable tanned leather base. 

The Dhaka on this bag was woven at a women's center in the outskirts of Kathmandu. Before coming to this non-profit center and learning to weave, our partner weavers were victims of sexual and domestic violence. They now have a home, sustainable employment and an education for their children. 

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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.