WSDO is committed to training and employing women that are economically disadvantaged, disabled, abused, widowed, divorced, single and/or outcast. They are provided with free vocational skills training and employment opportunities related to making handicrafts.
WSDO produces the finest quality handwoven and handmade products using 100% cotton imported from India (mostly fair trade raw material, but also from non-fair trade suppliers who are from disadvantaged and economically challenged backgrounds). We also use allo wool from nettle growing in the foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas.
In our branches, we boil and wash the cotton, dye it (where possible with natural products like tea, iron, copper, persimmon, aluminum, pomegranate and Nepalese hops – or with Azo-free dyes) 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 different steps.
All our women are provided with 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 plan for the future, and become self-supportive and independent.
WSDO products are traditional and craft based yet exclusive with a contemporary touch. We produce our own designs, but we also welcome inquiries on customized products and colour options. Today, eighty percent of our goods are exported – mostly to Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea, but also to Australia, Canada, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Our products are available in retail shops in Pokhara and Kathmandu (Nepal), from a number of international fair trade retailers and by placing orders directly with us. For identification and authenticity, all our products are labelled with a WSDO logo and “Handmade in Nepal” label.
The following film portraying our production process was lovingly made by Lucia and Rafal at Micro Stories, thank you.