Organic materials for handmade products
Khali Khuta is biodegradable handmade products by nature supporting Nepali people and craftsmanship. Dave and Prabighya are two dynamic entrepreneurs who established Khali Khutta in 2015 in Nepal. Their belief and way of living are “living organically”.
Such a decision was due to dissatisfaction with the environmental and eco-friendly approach of some companies, organizations and their products. Their vision was to provide a genuinely sustainable and environmentally friendly option for many products that could not be found in the market.
Khali Khutta Wild Nettle is hand-harvested, processed by hand, hand spun and weaved by hand. The individuals and teams that they work with who harvest the fibers, spin the yarn, weave the fabrics and cut and sew the items sold. The brand operates a small workshop run by Junu who hires some locals. They explain that their brand does not only promote women empowerment but want to support both men and women. Over the last decade or more, Nepal has faced a very high number of emigration.
Youth and young men leave their homes in pursuit of labor opportunities outside Nepal, which means many children are being raised without one of their parents.
The labour utilizes only raw materials grown in the wild therefore not cultivated, sourced from remote areas
Wild hemp fabric used is coming from Darchula in West Nepal, where hemp has been harvested within the rural communities for centuries. After harvesting the plants by hand and processing the fibers into a form similar to wool, shepherds spin the fiber into the thread – all whilst grazing their animals in the hilly terrain! The thread is then woven by hand – traditionally to make fabric for clothes, ropes, and mats that would last a family for generations.
Giant Himalayan Nettle Weave used is a very special textile to an ethnic community called Kulung, living in Sankhuwasabha, East Nepal. The handmade fabric is considered sacred as it is used as a covering or a blanket during the time of birth and death in their communities and also used in other cultural ceremonies.
I love the experiences shared when the couple visited Kulung communities in Sankhuwasabha district in Eastern Nepal to get the first-hand experience of Wild Nettle harvesting and the various fiber processing stages that go into the nettle fabric utilized by them. Men in the village carry out Pooja ceremony to pray for rain. Then they were guided by two ladies in the jungle in search of nettles, which grows over 2m tall, allowing long bark fibers to be harvested.
Plant & Mineral Based Dyes are from pomegranate, acacia, rhubarb, walnut, indigo, haro and madder. They are produced by hand in small batches at independent weaving centres that specialise in natural materials and dyes, all from Nepal except for Indigo which is a product from India.
They also use bamboo, oil, wax, and as David wrote a beautiful article on wild bee hunting threat tradition that will share too.
Khali Khutta wishes to create an alternative option by providing genuine, honest products with more direct links between producers and consumers. They think that giving customers the choice to consume differently is essential. Their vision is to be a part of an alternative movement to help create awareness through our products the value of our traditions, and the value of choosing slow local and plastic free creations!”
Do you wish to know what they use for their lip balm ?
Made with Nepali cliff bee wax, from the National Geographic documentary film “The Last Honey Hunter“
Beeswax from world’s largest honeybees, Apis laboriosa, which nests high on the cliffs in mid hills of Nepal is infused with Apricot kernel oil from the high Himalayas of Mustang to make these incredible, “The Last Honey Hunter” SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION, lip balms. Khali Khutta balms come in beautifully handmade wooden boxes made in Nepal from Indian Rosewood (a native hardwood) giving each box its own unique and attractive grain pattern. Its ingredients are 100% pure beeswax (Apis laboriosa) and pure Mustang Apricot kernel oil
Do you know who is the Last Honey Hunter?
The tradition of hunting wild cliff honey in Nepal goes back for countless generations. For the Kulung tribe, there is a belief that to become the honey hunter you have to have a certain special dream. Only those who have had this dream are granted safe passage onto the steep and dangerous cliffs where the largest honeybees on earth (Apis laboriosa) build their hives. This limited edition lip balm uses beeswax harvested by the last man in the Kulung village of Saadi who has had the dream – featured in the short film The Last Honey Hunter. Check out #thelasthoneyhunter on social media for more info on this incredible story and to see where this wax comes from.
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