How time flies! We are already into the first month of the New Year and before you know it, summer will be here.
Back in 2013, we decided to prepare for those warm months and identified some new fibres which we added to our portfolio – cotton, of course, and Himalayan nettle. We still rely solely on the resources and weavers from Garhwal and hence, the focus on these fibres, alongside Vana Forest Oak Silk, Ethical Angora, Merino and Lambswool.
Wild stinging Nettle has been growing for years in the Indian mountains and is locally known as bicchu ghas. Local weavers boil the plant to get rid of the sting and once the plant softens, it can be spun into a yarn. Local weavers make every-day products like bags or cushions with Nettle, which look rather trendy and are actually quite soft to touch. In fact, the local Garhwalis even cook with Nettle!
So here’s our plan for this month – Pashm is going to take some samples of these new products to the Modefabriek (fashion trade fair) in Amsterdam, and get an idea of what people think. We are convinced they will love Nettle because it’s organic, natural and straight from the source.
What other fibres would you like to see us work with? If it grows in Garhwal, then Pashm can try and add it to the list.