Revival of the craft of making hand-woven footwear in the Himalayas.
A generations old craft in the Himalayas is facing extinction due to limited access to the raw materials needed.
The production of this footwear has supported livelihoods of women and is an important part of the culture of the communities here. Over the past 2 years we have revived this craft by providing new materials, training and funding to the women that make this extra-ordinary product.
We now want to bring this product from Himalayan communities to Christmas exhibitions around the world in the winter of 2016. By supporting this campaign you can help bring this incredible heritage to an exhibition near you and breathe new life into this fascinating tradition.
Further design enhancements and inputs from textile engineers and producers will follow the exhibitions and we will over a period of time enhance this creative tradition of the women in the himalayan villages to make it a means of earning and a thriving craft. We aim to continue supporting these local women to continue their craft by finding the market for the items they make. We make it possible for villages to survive and make a living to support their families and homes.
We aim to raise funds to enable us to do more product exhibitions and raise awarness about project Koolaah by Himalayan people.
The exhibition & sales yield income and impart pride to the makers involved with this craft. Such endeavours aim to
change the world for the better by supporting economic activity, craft and creativity in most remote human settlements.
The Economic & Social Impact
Hard working Himalayan people living in some of the most testing conditions provide a glimpse into the creativity and resilience of human beings.
Sustainability, economics, the environment and humanity are all deeply linked to each other. Traditional practices that employ hundreds of people in communities where cost of living still remains low, hold an important clue to the future of sustainability and development.
With growth in connectivity through information and communication technologies and through innovations in funding like crowd funding, the stage is set for a renaissance in such exotic crafts and traditions that enhance the aesthetic of our world.
We strongly believe and contribute to economic and social empowerment through building on local traditions of the makers, to help protect our collective environment. In turn reducing the need for migration by improving the life amongs most rural communities of the Hymalayas.
The KOOLAAH project is one such project. We now need additional support from the crowd to further expand our work, reach more local women and produce more quantites of these exciting handcrafted sustainably made slippers.
We seek to do exhibitions of the creations of these makers in various cities during Christmas 2016.
We welcome you to this journey to celebrate the creative traditions of humans and restore them to their rightful place in a sustainable, progressive and inclusive world.
HIMALAYAN PEOPLE & FIVE BENCHES
Himalayan People in the UK & Five Benches in India retail products including textiles, accessories, art, teas & infusions and food products from makers in the Himalayas. Himalayan People and our affiliates also work with communities in the region on an ongoing basis to support special crafts and remote makers by including them in our offering and funding their production and development. Koolaah is one such project.
- Himalayan People
P.S. REWARDS WILL BE POSTED TO YOU AT THE CLOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN OR SOONER, WHEREVER POSSIBLE.
REWARDS CAN BE SHIPPED TO MOST LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE.
VOICE OVER: DIYA JAIN, LONDON, UK.
Diya is a student @ North London Collegiate School in year 8 and has her roots in the Himalayas.
Produced by Himalayan People Ltd. UK and Five Benches Promotions & Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. India
Content is from the first set of workshops conducted.
Start Date: 17 May 2016
End Date: 15 August 2016