Browse our selection of products made from handwoven wild Nepali hemp. The process of making this yarn begins in the foothills of the Himalayas where remote mountain villagers will harvest the wild hemp after the end of the rainy season. Covering their hands with a cloth to avoid the giant stingers, teams of harvesters cut both the nettle and hemp above the ground without disturbing the soil. The plants then grows back with the next rains.
The fibrous inner bark is stripped from the plant and boiled in water and wood ash for about three hours and then left to simmer overnight. The plant material can then be beaten and the fibre removed. It is then rubbed with soil containing mica, which lubricates the yarn and makes separating and spinning the fibres easier. The fibre is dried in the sun and teased and is ready for spinning. This is done using a hand spindle indoors. It is drawn by tooth and spindle method, where the fibres are separated by teeth and is held on to a hand held spindle. It takes 10 days' work to make one kilogramme of yarn.
Using this yarn the hemp cloth is then woven on a traditional backstrap loom. By purchasing our products made from wild Nepali hemp you are not only choosing an amazing natural fibre, that will wear in after use, not wear out, but you are also helping to give continuous monetary support to the mountain villages in Nepal where we source the handwoven cloth from.