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Making our VISTA Paper Notebooks from sustainable Lokta bark in the Himalayas

Making our VISTA Paper Notebooks from sustainable Lokta bark in the Himalayas

The lokta paper has been used for centuries in Nepal, known for its durability and resistance to tearing, with the earliest surviving document being the ‘Karanya Buha Sutra’ Buddhist text, estimated at between 1000-1900 years old!
Celebrating Fair-trade Fortnight - AURA QUE recommends.....

Celebrating Fair-trade Fortnight - AURA QUE recommends.....

Over the years, we have met lots of wonderful people running small ethical businesses like ours – in Nepal and back in the UK. It’s always great to...
Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight – The Importance of Fairtrade

Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight – The Importance of Fairtrade

It's Fairtrade Fortnight which means we are all about sharing the importance of buying ethical, fairly traded and sustainable products!
Starting our hand-knitting orders for Autumn/Winter 2019 already!

Starting our hand-knitting orders for Autumn/Winter 2019 already!

Urmila is our master knitter who finalised all the samples with us, and she organises a group of 19 home-knitters who work remotely to fit around their family commitments.
Working with Nepal Leprosy Trust Leather Handicraft Workshop

Working with Nepal Leprosy Trust Leather Handicraft Workshop

AURA QUE has been working with the Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) since 2006 when I first visited the workshop looking for fair trade producer groups to...
Thinking of being self employed or starting your own business?

Thinking of being self employed or starting your own business?

In Autumn, I was part of a panel for a Graduate Week Q&A as a small business owner and realised over the years I have definitely gained lots o...
Awareness for World Leprosy Day 2019

Awareness for World Leprosy Day 2019

Today is World Leprosy Day, to promote awareness about this disease that is still prevalent in developing countries like Nepal. We work with the Ne...
Felt Making

Felt Making

Felt craft products are seen all over Kathmandu – in every shop in Thamel there are brightly coloured felt products as mobiles, kids toys and decor...
Three Yarn Weaving on a Handloom

Three Yarn Weaving on a Handloom

There are so many colour and texture possibilities with woven textiles but this season we loved the tonal texture of our three yarn heavy cotton. T...
Inspiration from Nepal

Inspiration from Nepal

I always get inspired by the colours and patterns around me in Nepal, and want to bring inspiration from these surroundings into my designs where I...
How are our ceramics made?

How are our ceramics made?

Our stoneware ceramics are handmade in the Newar village of Thimi in Nepal, which is known for its pottery made with artisanal skills passed down f...
Top 5 Fairtrade Christmas Presents from AURA QUE

Top 5 Fairtrade Christmas Presents from AURA QUE

We have a big range of products here at AURA QUE – can’t be helped with all the amazing artisans we work with and range of materials found in Nepal...