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Supporting Nepalese Woman - Post 2015 Earthquake

Welcome back to the Living Threads Co. blog! We are excited to share our new line of Nepalese textiles, handwoven by women’s cooperatives on back-strap and wooden handlooms. These highly skilled weavers have honed their art over many generations,  providing for their families while preserving traditional art forms.

We at Living Threads Co. have been inspired by these Nepalese women, both for their skill as well as for their resilience. As many of you remember, Nepal was struck by a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in 2015.  This earthquake killed 5,000 people and affected eight million, almost a third of the entire population. The national economy was essentially shattered, with losses estimated at $10 billion. All this in a country with economic growth that was already expected to slow, an unemployment rate of more than 40 percent, and a reliance on agriculture, tourism and remittances to support its economy. (Al Jazeera News 2015*)

Due to the profoundly detrimental effects of this catastrophe, the importance of sustainable forms of income are more important than ever. Women’s cooperatives are critical to supporting communities in times of need.  At Living Threads Co., we have made it a priority to work with Nepalese female artisans in particular, to directly support these women to help them get back on their feet after the earthquake. Our goal is to assist in providing markets for the high quality textiles these women create, allowing them to support their families and improve the livelihoods of the artisans and communities alike. Please join us in this effort, and choose a lovely, finely crafted textile that you will be proud to have in your home!

Check out these stunning photos from our field visit in Nepal:

 Yam Sari weaving on a traditional back strap loom in Nepal.  It can take up to a week to create one table runner on a loom just like this one!

Yam Sari weaving on a traditional back strap loom in Nepal.  It can take up to a week to create one table runner on a loom just like this one!

 Hand dyed cotton hangs overhead as artisans from our partner Nepal Womens' Cooperative work on two back strap looms and a sowing machine.

Hand dyed cotton hangs overhead as artisans from our partner Nepal Womens' Cooperative work on two back strap looms and a sowing machine.

 A traditional backs strap loom being used by Sita

A traditional backs strap loom being used by Sita

 View from the top of Poon Hill at 3,210 meters (10,531 feet), on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.  

View from the top of Poon Hill at 3,210 meters (10,531 feet), on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.  

 The damaged Presidential Palace in Durbar Square, Khatmandu as a result of the devastationEarthquake on April 25th 2015.  

The damaged Presidential Palace in Durbar Square, Khatmandu as a result of the devastationEarthquake on April 25th 2015.  

 Sita working at the sowing machine in Nepal.

Sita working at the sowing machine in Nepal.

 Founder Amanda collaborating on new designs with our partners in Nepal

Founder Amanda collaborating on new designs with our partners in Nepal

 Buddhist prayer wheels in rural community in the Annapurna region of Nepal

Buddhist prayer wheels in rural community in the Annapurna region of Nepal

 Steel beams used to support this housing structure in Kathmandu because of structural damage caused by the April 2015 earthquake.  A common sight in and around Kathmandu. 

Steel beams used to support this housing structure in Kathmandu because of structural damage caused by the April 2015 earthquake.  A common sight in and around Kathmandu. 

Photography by Amanda Zehner

Written by Dani Karnoff & Amanda Zehner

*Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/05/economic-impact-nepal-earthquake-150501120857758.html