Some big hearts with a big sense of style are making magic in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Merging locally sourced damaged saris with wool fibers in a process called "nunofelting", these special scarves have created and sustained over 30 jobs for women.
For the women in this small South Asian country, jobs represent more than income – working liberates them from lives of isolation, builds confidence, and bestows status within their families and communities. Their jobs take on heightened importance in Nepal’s post earthquake recovery economy. In addition to providing for their immediate families in Kathmandu, many of these women also support their parents and extended families in the villages north of the city who suffered tragic personal and economic losses during that disaster.
Each scarf begins with the vintage silk sari remnants.
Hand dyed wool is then lightly stretched over and the two elements are fused together using only soap, hot water and friction. This process is called "nunofelting".
During the drying period, the wool shrinks slightly, puckering the fabric, and creates these textured one-a-kind works of wearable art.
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