The Hemp plant has been around in Nepal and India for centuries. Historically, people have used it for various purposes .Communities nestled deep in the heart of the Himalayan mountains have developed techniques to extract oil, food (hemp seeds are also known as “superfood”), stock feed, medicines and textile to make clothes, shoes and bags from this incredible plant. This plant grows faster than other similar plants, uses less water and is naturally resistant to fungus and insects therefore it has a higher yield for lesser effort. Apparel made from Hemp block out 50% more ultra violet rays than cotton and are naturally antimicrobial.
Many rural Asian communities rely on bamboo agriculture for livelihood. Unlike farming non-organic cotton, it doesn’t expose them to harmful chemicals, as it grows naturally & organically. Bamboo kun is maintained in the process of turning bamboo into fabric, so bamboo clothing is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and odour resistant. It also draws moisture away from the skin, and has a natural thermo-control, keeping the wearer cool and dry. Bamboo is also great for the planet as it requires minimal water for growing, relying in most cases, on rainfall. It takes in nearly 5 times the amount of greenhouse gases and produce 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees.
This miracle Himalayan plant called Himalayan Nettle also known as Allo, is a perennial plant which grows wild only in the moist, mountainous regions of Nepal and India. The length of the fabric from Himalayan Nettle is greater than any other plant fiber known to man. The long fiber increases spinning options and hence fabric possibilities. The fabric stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to its hollow core. The plant also protects our mountains by holding soil in place, thus preventing soil erosion.