Made in Nepal

Made in Nepal

Here we are again...

After returning to Kathmandu, to work on our next season and check the coming collection, I feel more than ever we are building on an even greater relationship with our artisans. Nepal feels like a home from home, welcoming and always friendly. The dark clouds (although not the monsoon rain clouds) have lifted and the air feels lighter compared to last year. Walking around Kathmandu one can see a lot has been happening since the destruction left behind by the earthquakes. Destroyed houses have been cleared away and things are moving forward. As ever politics here are extremely difficult and, as everywhere in the world, people have divided opinions about what is best to do. 


This time I am trying not to get distracted by the greater problems of the country, but enjoying the simple day to day routines and local people with whom I feel so comfortable and the dedicated, hard working artisans who keep the HTHTLabel fun and worthwhile. 
 

Om mani padme hum

See the whole range of our AW15 Fair Trade knitwear now in this online catalogue.

Or shop the collection online.

 

 

Made in Nepal

We are on our way to Nepal

We are on our way to Nepal


Thank you so much to all the friends and customers who made our last evening in the shop a very special one indeed. Our shop/studio space is where we built the foundations for what will be our next exciting adventure. In the last 5 newsletters we talked about how we will be moving the Here Today Here Tomorrow label forward, continuing to build the brand and further develop our fair trade work in Nepal.

On the day of the shop's closing we woke up to the news of the referendum and as a collective linked as much to Europe as to the UK we can't say we're anything but sad, shocked, and all the more determined to fight harder for the politics of togetherness instead of isolation. 

 Today Anna is on her way to Nepal once again to work with our partners and friends there. Despite the fact that Nepal has had a years of severe political unsteadiness and devastating earthquakes the majority of Nepali people seem to always have kept a smile on their face and a positive outlook on life. We will endeavour to do the same.

Next time we'll write back with news from Nepal,
Namaste.

Made in Nepal

Positive energy, positive change

When working in Nepal I always feel inspired to write about my thoughts and impressions – things that inspire me and keep me motivated to work with and for women in a country facing huge challenges every day – where woman fight for equality and the basic rights any human deserves to have.

Last week I felt hugely inspired in London too. Well, it’s always inspiring but this was an especially wonderful week. After visiting the Women of the World Festival on the South Bank – celebrating International Women’s day, and attending the Woman on the Move Awards – I felt incredibly moved by all the stories, refugee women who had gone through possibly anyone’s biggest nightmares, but yet they are courageous and persevere and look forward to a better future making a change for themselves and others.

It seems that the news in the past year have been extremely depressing and the world is losing hope to become a better place. I find it extremely saddening that we only see and hear about dreadful things people do to one another.

Unfortunately ‘the news’ mostly reports about terrible stories, which would discourage anyone to believe goodness in the world still exists. It is hardly motivating when we see no light at the end of the tunnel to keep moving forward.

There are many incredible projects and people who have brought change to many people in the world. It is great to hear these motivating stories as they make us see that there are good people achieving amazing things through pulling together, persevering and believing that change can happen, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

As Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director from Migrants Organise said ‘I do what I do because I have hope’, and only with hope comes change. So let’s start seeing the good news and let's be encouraged by the positive stories that are happening around us and around the world. 

I have always said how thankful I am to women who have fought in the past for equality. Without them many of us would not have the freedom we enjoy every day. They were looking ahead and, if they had not believed in change it would not have happened.

I have hope that every woman and man will have freedom one day if we make good news happen and spread the word.

Inspired by this, the winter collection we are now working on for AW17 is titled ‘Moving Forward’. Designed in London and knitted by women artisans in Nepal. Moving towards woman empowerment, peace and freedom for all.

AW15 Launch in Store!

Here Today Here Tomorrow & Antiform invite you to the launch of our new AW15 Collections!

Join us next Thursday the 8th October from 6pm at the HTHT shop for celebrations and first viewings. 

What's it all about...

5 years ago we opened the shop doors to sell, make and showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and accessories. We proudly invite you to our 4th Made in Nepal knitwear collection and first ever Dhaka womenswear collection. Also debuting their latest collection in London will be our good friends Antiform with their latest collection of made in England perfectly handcrafted fashion with a twist. 

Also showing new designs by Lucie EllenSarah Graham JonesAlice ShieldsZoe YarwoodO My Bag and scents by M&J Candles.

Bring your friends, partners, family and colleagues to
enjoy drinks, nibbles and the the super chance to win a AW15 woolly hat or gloves! 

Dhaka Collection

We are so happy to present to everyone our first made in Nepal dhaka collection.


This collection is made using the traditional Nepalese textile dhaka. Taking up to one day to weave just one metre of fabric, dhaka combines a unique and intricate weaving technique with striking geometric patterns and colour combinations, creating a distinctive and high quality textile. 

We have worked hard with our artisans in Nepal after the two major Earthquakes in April this year. Everyone has been tremendous and strong as they continued to work in extremely difficult circumstances. The ongoing work and building up of an enduring and ethical business in Nepal is of great importance to the people we work with.

This collection began following our successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014.
Read more about the project here.

Each style comes in two colourways, full dhaka and black with dhaka trim.
These fabrics are hand woven by skilled artisan woman in Bhaktapur then given toanother team of talented seamstresses in Kathmandu to sew into Here Today Here Tomorrow designs. 

The collection is available from TODAY online and in our shop as long current stock lasts.

Launch Party: Save the date 8th of October from 6pm.
More details will be in your inboxes soon! 

What to do in Kathmandu?

(If you have been to Nepal, you will have heard that phrase many times!)

To be honest - there is an overwhelming amount to do in Kathmandu – non stop. Not only can you visit all the wonderful heritage sights, there is so much local culture on display and interesting people happy to meet and chat.

Many of you or your friends may have traveled to Nepal. It is such a beautiful friendly country (can anywhere rival the Himalaya's for scenery?!) with thousands of yearly visitors and tourism as the largest industry. Which is why the earthquakes this year have the Nepali's I met very concerned that foreigners will stay away. I often heard of great frustration from friends there at the way the media only shares stories of destruction, when actually in most parts of the city you would not even know the earthquakes had happened. So writing from Nepal, here is my advice for planning your next trip to Kathmandu, which I very much hope you will do!

In my opinion when you visit a country like Nepal you'll have the best experience if you make friends with the locals who will show you the best places to visit, tell you about the culture, traditions, cooking and introduce you to the native foods. Try to speak a few Nepali words and take public transport. You will be warmly received!

I love Kathmandu as much as much I love London. Both are busy, crazy places where you can meet people from all over the world if you are open to it - which of course you should be, because isn’t that the best part that comes free in only a few cities in the world?

In London it is so much more difficult to speak to strangers. By contrast in Kathmandu the people you meet on the streets or on the bus next to you will engage you in a friendly conversation within seconds – no strings attached ;). Sometimes the bus is so full that everyone is laughing and making jokes about sitting on each other’s laps. Have you ever experienced this in London? I think everyday I spent in Kathmandu a new interesting person told me something amazing, or taught me something new – often it only takes a few minutes to listen.

Many travellers, ex-pats or immigrating people pass through or live in Kathmandu and so sharing experiences and impressions with this cosmopolitan whirl of life stories is a fantastic opportunity to open horizons, learn about other lives lived and the great projects that draw people here. A lot of people here do a lot of great things!

Not only is it great to meet Nepali people but also for Nepali people it is great to meet you - learn about other countries and cultures, practice their English, exchange opinions, views and ‘traditions’ they do not know about, so open up!

I can’t recommend Gaia restaurant in Kathmandu enough. I have met some great people there from all over the world. It’s like a little oasis in the crazy city, to relax, enjoy great food, meet people and make friends for life! But of course that is not the only place in the valley, but all I have time for now... I hope you enjoy your adventure!

video Block
Double-click here to add a video by URL or embed code. Learn more

Women's Empowerment!

All women have a story to tell…

When I met Tzering the production manager at Besuited, the ‘new’ factory we are working with to produce our dhaka collection, she was extremely happy to hear that we are three women running HTHT. ‘Women power, women power’ she said with a big smile!

Tzering with Ramila, is a sewing machinist at Besuited

Tzering with Ramila, is a sewing machinist at Besuited

Over many years as I've returned to work here in Nepal and have continued to learn about Nepali life and culture, it has become more and more apparent to me how hard it can be to live in a world ruled by tradition, ritual, religion and caste. As much as some of these also bring charm and beauty to Nepal, they can also cause a lot of difficulty and pain.

It is no accident that we have been working with and supporting mainly women workers at the Association for Craft Producers (ACP). Particularly in the many villages across Nepal, women can have a difficult upbringing and are usually married at a very young age. They are expected to raise large families and work extremely hard to provide for them. There is pressure to please their families so as to not damage their reputation, or become an outcast. Falling in love with a man from the ‘wrong’ caste can be fatal.

Here at HTHT, we come from a Western society and generation where we have no fear of speaking out loud, we can have relationships with whoever we want, have children without being married and without being judged for our decision. We have the freedom to pursue a career in almost anything we want and travel the world without worrying if we will be able to return home. Women for generations before us have fought for our rights and we continue this fight. We feel very lucky to live in a part of the world where all these things are possible for us.

Dhana knitting at ACP

Dhana knitting at ACP

Every woman in the world has the same mind – but sometimes it is hidden or suppressed and some women are raised not to speak out loud for fearing the consequences – or fearing for her life. Nobody can tell me, ‘They get use to it – and are happy to go along with it’. Maybe women are skilled at ‘getting on with it’ as they do not have a choice but it doesn’t mean that some of these things shouldn’t change, be brought to our awareness and we need to speak up about them.

I learned from the stories on this trip that the lives of some of the women here have been extremely tough. They can be quite vulnerable on their own which is why working in a safe environment, having a regular income and being independent is incredibly important and empowering for the woman who work for our producer groups, ACP and Besuited. The women who work there in leading roles, women like Meera, the founder of ACP or Srishti and Tzering who are our production managers, are women others can feel inspired and encouraged by; I certainly am.

Srishti and Anna at ACP

Srishti and Anna at ACP

I think we can all feel scared for being judged by what we do, the pressures of society, and those we put on ourselves. Are we doing the right thing? What will people think of me? Am I succeeding? It is not easy to break free from this and to do what we feel like without fearing other people’s opinions. At the end of the day we are all striving to live a happy life and we should not judge other people for what makes them happy. People all over the world deserve to be free from suffering. This requires us all to respect, love and be compassionate to each and every person, no matter where they come from or what they do.

We are also aware that many men face difficulties and challenges all over the world. Together we are stronger, to stand up to oppression, discrimination and injustice!

Summertime at HTHT

HTHT in London & HTHT in Kathmandu
In the weeks since Nepal has been hit by two terrible Earthquakes our thoughts have not left the country, our friends or artisans. How can we best support everyone in these difficult years ahead? The Nepali people are in the process of rebuilding their country and confidence. More than ever we want to support artisans with work to provide them with livelihoods to create a stable future. We therefore look forward to the continued collaboration with our Fair Trade groups in Nepal. Your support means a lot to all of us.
Our original schedule to visit Nepal has been slightly moved back and is now overlapping with other planned travel and projects. This means that we'll have adjusted studio/shop opening hours this summer and are offering the opportunity to rent a desk space.

Nepal Travels
Anna-Maria will be in Nepal from mid June to mid July. There she will be working hard, overseeing the production phase of our coming winter collection, working on the new AW16 collection as well as continuing to develop our #ProjectDhaka clothing range.
You can stay up-to-date on Anna's travels and get live news from Nepal by following #HTHTinNepal on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and all that jazz.
Open hours
Our new opening times are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm.
We do however apologise in advance if over the next few weeks we are closed more often than our advertised schedule.
If you ever want to check in advance that we are open before taking the journey, feel free to phone us on 020 7241 0103. Thank you for your understanding.
Desk space
Perhaps you want a change of scenery, to work in a colourful and creative space, or to try something new for one or two days a week. Help us keep the shop open and get a super cheap working space. We have all mod-cons; wi-fi, a colour printer and tea-making facilities. If you want to get creative there are fabrics, threads and sewing machines. To find out more email us at hello@heretoday-heretomorrow.com or give us a call.