Fab Himalaya is an association of Indian Himalayas women that empowers women as solution to end poverty by creating employment in these Himalayan valleys. We are working with them since many years to develop beautiful scarves, stoles and shawls, pieces designed in exclusivity for Nana Ki brand. We believe everyone should have equal access to education, healthcare, and decent work. We also believe that the success of such an endeavour relies on a happy and empowered workforce, one who can stay rooted in their culture while gaining exposure from the world around them. We honour with this partnership, each of these guiding principles equally and without compromise.
In their Himalayan Valley, spinning and weaving was mostly the work of farmers who had the winter months in their houses to keep busy themselves with weaving other than agriculture. The artisans are faced with many obstacles, most of which derived by the fact that they cannot read or write. They just mastered the back strap loom just like their mothers and grandmothers did.
The wool used comes from yak, sheep and goat raised by nomadic herders and local shepherds on the Himalayan Plateau. Each spring, they begin to lose their soft wool underlayer for the summer. In a process that is painless for the animals, the herders collect the loose wool and bring it to market.