AURA QUE incorporates local materials wherever possible, promoting traditional skills and processes, to increase production and supply within the developing country such as Nepal that we work with.
Banana Yarn Fibre
The banana yarn fibre is 100% natural and produced sustainably from the pruned excess outer layers of the Banana tree after each fruit harvest in South Nepal. The outer fibre is beaten into a pull, strained to remove excess liquid, dried and then washed several times to get a purer color. The fibre is then spun into yarn. This process creates a product from the wastage from the banana crop, providing an extra income for Nepali farmers in rural areas.
For our leather bags and handles, we cannot compromise on quality so buy leather in bulk from Calcutta and it is road-freighted to Kathmandu across the border. The tannery complies with European Standards for leather production and recycles chemicals within the process due to the water treatment plant onsite.
We work with various small women's projects and producer groups who produce a variety of fabrics for us. The shyama and heavy cotton fabrics are handwoven by a small women's project in Bhaktapur, and our geometric jacquard fabrics are made in a southern suburb of Kathmandu on wooden jacquard looms. We also work with Dhaka fabric, a traditional Nepalese fabric used for the male Nepali topi hats, which are handmade to create the colorful geometric designs which is a labour intensive process.
Some of our brass metal fittings are handmade to order by a small Nepalese family businessss. The molten brass is poured into the mould, set and then each piece is individually filed and smooth. Other antique brass fittings that are unable to be made this way are bought locally from the market in Kathmandu.
All paper products, including swing tags, gift bags and notebooks are made from the traditional Nepalese handmade Lokta paper, known for its durability and special texture. At 2000m in the Himalaya, only the outer Lokta bark is collected to ensure the preservation of the trees. Produced by a traditional technique, the bark is boiled and the soft pulp spread evenly in a wooden frame in water, and finally sun dried.