FOLKDAYS N° 206
Inspired by the Himalaya, tributed to its artisans: This is Kaligarh. The social enterprise was founded in 2013 to prevent ancient jewellery and furniture crafting from fading – by translating them in contemporary forms. Kaligarh works with various small artisans in Nepal and elsewhere in the Himalaya. Everything manufactured in the old towns of Kathmandu is a precious reminder of the hub of artistic activity this valley once has been: Before the modern age, artisans were crisscrossing Himalaya creating distinctive indigenous forms of various crafts.
Besides preserving this astounding cultural heritage, Kaligarh´s Philosophy is evolving around two main values: Dignity in work and sustainability. The artisan is the company´s centre – kaligarh actually means artisan. Thus paying fair wages and supporting workshops by giving loans is essential. Kaligarh is recognised as a Fair Trade Supplier by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS), and is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
The focus on sustainability is due to the Himalayan region being especially vulnerable to environmental change. Avoiding materials that are not recyclable or compostable is mandatory – a statement of deep respect for the surrounding that has grown this amazing culture of craftsmanship.