Nepali Woven Lakeside Dish Towel

$10.00

SKU: S- 132329

Rich character is added to a simple kitchen essential in this woven dish towel, which is as beautiful as the country that it is made in. Inspired by the rich colors and natural beauty of Lake Pokhara, this towel brings about daydreams of far off adventure, while infusing color and charming design into your kitchen!

ACP is a local, not for profit, fair trade organization providing design, marketing, management, and technical services to low-income Nepali craft producers. ACP is a resource to advance and globally distribute their work, for which they receive fair wages and generous benefits. ACP artisans blend traditional craft with modern design.

  • 100% cotton
  • Canoe print on one side only
  • 20" W x 26" L (50.8 x 66 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Nepal

Financial independence is linked with increased self-esteem and social standing for women who work in fair-trade enterprise. This is especially true at the Association for Craft Producers (ACP), where traditional craft meets modern design and technology, in their cooperative of artisans working in 15 districts across Nepal.

Indira Tamang is a weaver who, as a small girl, was not allowed to attend school like her brothers. At age 17, she moved from her home in Eastern Nepal to Kathmandu to work as a carpet weaver. Soon, she married Thanka, a painter, but his work was irregular. In desperation, he took out a loan and moved to Malaysia in search of better work. His wages mostly went to pay back his loan, however, and Indira was left destitute with their young daughter and two other family members to support. Through a fellow weaver she learned about ACP, and quickly trained to weave fabric. Now she is able to afford to send her own daughter to school, while saving money for emergencies and a home of her own.

Founded in 1984 by Meera Bhattarai with only 38 producers working in three craft skills, this fair trade, non-profit organization now serves 1,200 artisans – 90% female – representing 20 craft skills. ACP works in creative collaboration with them as they provide marketing, management and technical services to low-income Nepalese craft producers who are able to sell their handicrafts to more than 18 countries.

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