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Carefully hand-felted from 100% raw sheep wool with soap and water. The felt is made in sheets, dried in the sun on the workshop roof and then hand-stitched in the workshop. We only use azo-free dyes for our felt. Our leather is sourced from a small family tannery in Kolkata and road-freighted to Kathmandu in bulk, to be used for all our leather and suede products; all chemicals used in the process are contained and reprocessed within the water treatment facility on site.
Handmade by a small Nepalese workshop affiliated with the Nepal Leprosy Trust, who employ marginalised people, giving them opportunities through work. The felt is made in sheets or moulded round a wooden resist, dried in the sun on the workshop roof and then hand-stitched in the workshop. We have worked with the team for over ten years developing new products, improving skills and providing equipment for the workshop. As a World Fair Trade Organisation certified member, the workshop give their employees a fair living wage, health care benefits and monthly contributions to their children's school fees. To help increase work opportunities for the small felting team of women at the workshop, we developed a range of felted accessories including the ISTA tote, LILA purse and BUNNU basket. Read our blog post here about our work with NLT in Nepal.
AURA QUE products are individually handcrafted and the unique story behind each AURA QUE product enhances its charm!