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Tejo and women empowerment

Tejo and women empowerment

Tejo was established in 2013 by Gabrielle Cruz, a Filipino entrepreneur with a goal to combine her passion for hand-woven pieces and desire to help the community. Tejo's underlying focus is to provide fair income to underprivileged Filipino women who are looking for opportunities to build up their life away from poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. Tejo empowers women, many who are mothers, to explore their creative side and to learn extra skills in weaving and stitching as a way to gain self-confidence and the confidence to be equal providers for their families. For many of these women, Tejo has allowed...

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The Allo process

The Allo process

Allo stem is harvested using hands and simple tools. The outer bark is stripped off using teeth.  This is a traditional method used by communities for generations. Once they are completely peeled, they are tied into bundles to dry in the sun. Harvesting of Allo is done in December. This is the perfect time to get quality Allo fibre.  Once dried, the bark is soaked in water overnight. The overnight soaked bark is then boiled for three to four hours with wood ashes, which is traditionally done in the evening and this is left to simmer overnight in the fire....

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The future fibre

The future fibre

WHAT IS ALLO?Allo in Nepali is commonly known as the 'Himalayan nettle' (Girardina diversifolia).The plant is native to seven asian countries: Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In Nepal, Allo is found in the high mountains and is traditionally consumed by indigenous people such as Rai, Sherpa, Magar, Chetri and Gurung. Allo fibres are all natural, fully biodegradable and are robust. Over the years, Allo has been used and accepted as a useful fibre by the wider community of Nepal.ALLO PLANTS Allo grows up to 1.5 to 3 metres tall with perennial root stocks in the wild between...

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Passionate words from the founder of Kolpa

Passionate words from the founder of Kolpa

New York - 2007, I placed an online order of a handmade necklace through a California based company.  On the product description page, it mentioned “made by artisan from South East Asia”.  Being a nifty online shopper myself, anticipations were high. Without second thought, I was expecting my merchandise in less than a week time, if not a few days! I was habituated to those giant online store deals and next day shipping. However, this order was different - I did not receive it in a week or even two weeks.  I was tempted to cancel the order – but...

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