From concept to creation

January 07, 2020

From concept to creation

The to-and-fro of design and production

A large part of what we do is design that aligns with the natural rhythms of Nepal’s crafting cultures, using collaboration to innovate and experiment with traditional methodologies. It’s authentic Nepalese craft with a twist…

With such an international group of creative thinkers, we gather inspiration from all over the world and while design should cross borders without a second thought, production and access to materials is sometimes a little less smooth sailing. However, instead of looking at those moments as a roadblock to the realisation of our designs, we see them in another light - as an integral part of our design journey. 

It is important to us to locally source the materials we use to make our collections. Not only does this cut down on transit miles and reduce greenhouse gases, but we like to make the most of and celebrate the resources available to us. 

Handmade ceramics

One of our most recent projects, our Thaal-Kachaura Ceramics Set by London-based interior architect Mireille Wehbe, was originally designed in porcelain. However, in Nepal stone work is central to a lot of craft, which naturally takes on a darker colour. This, alongside a smaller colour range, presented us with the challenge of translating the porcelain design to suit Nepalese materials. Did we develop the design in line with Nepalese resources? Or did we stay with the original design? 

This is the to and fro of design and production in the international design space, and while we always try to stay true to the core messages of our design, we have realised that adaptability is important. This is an important factor in considering the sustainability of our work and the holistic nature of Nepalese inspired artisanal designs. While we are still in the development stage of Thaal-Kachaura Ceramics, read our blog: Your thoughts | Thaal-Kachaura for more information about the set and find out why we want to know what you think... 

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Journal

Solfeggio Frequency Tibetan Handmade Wool NIRE Rug
Solfeggio Frequency Tibetan Handmade Wool NIRE Rug

January 09, 2022

We invite you to celebrate life, harmony, and personal and collective transformation.
Discover how a journey to an authentic Kham Tibetan nomad settlement located on the south slope of the sacred Genyen massif led to an empowering story that you could be a part of.
The Solfeggio Community Craftsmanship project shapes a thousand-year heritage craft into contemporary form as a group of women weaves time and joy into the tapestry.
Sustainability in Shanghai | Community Support & Pilgrimage in Tibet
Sustainability in Shanghai | Community Support & Pilgrimage in Tibet

October 20, 2021

These past few months, we had the chance to reconnect with like-minded people and organisations and revisit conversations on sustainable practices in design and production. From being an active presence at design festivals to meeting with local nomad communities on the Tibetan Plateau, we’ve been on a quest to expand our views while preparing for a new season and a new collection.
How it's made: CHACCRA Hand Knotted Rugs

December 02, 2020

With a production time of around three months, CHACCRA rugs are for people invested in each item's journey, and for those who look to experience the authenticity of adventure in Nepalese craft and design.