Women’s Skills Development Organization (WSDO) produces handwoven and handmade products made of imported cotton from India (mostly Fair Trade raw material, but also from non-Fair Trade suppliers who are from disadvantaged and economically challenged backgrounds) and allo wool from nettles growing in the foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas.
In our four branches, we boil and wash the cotton, dye it (where possible with natural products like tea, iron, copper, persimmon, aluminum, pomegranate and Nepalese hops) and wash it again. After sun-drying the cotton is balled and loomed, before it is ready for weaving on a backstrap loom. The woven cloths are then designed, drafted, cut and sewn into one of our lovely items. Lastly, every single item runs through a strict quality check, before it is packed, shipped and sold. By the time our products are ready for purchase, they have run through 12 steps.
All our women are provided with empowerment training on these different steps as well as on business management and various other skills related to making handicrafts. All of this is meant to enable them to become self-supportive and independent.
The following film portraying our production process was lovingly made by Lucia and Rafal at Micro Stories, thank you.