OMYOKI ethical bags are handmade in Nepal by WSDO, a humanitarian association created by a Nepalese woman, for women in difficulty in this country. These are bags combining fair trade and the use of local and eco-responsible raw materials. The history of these fair trade bags is touching in many ways ... and their design made up of traditional eco-friendly fabrics and suede out of the ordinary.

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We discovered the NGO WSDO (Women's Skills Development Organization) a few years ago and were touched by this association created by a woman, for women. Women in Nepal very rarely have access to employment and when they flee a difficult marriage, lose their husbands or are repudiated, they easily fall into poverty, along with their children. WSDO offers a decent paying job at around five hundred women. A home weaving system has even been put in place so that many of them can continue to take care of their children more easily. The different workshops go from the dyeing of wool to spinning, then to weaving, sewing, storage, and sale. Women have access to simple or more complex tasks, gain skills over time and are pushed up the ranks. WSDO was created in 1975 by Madame Ramkali, with a few women initially, then evolved into a larger organization and a model for other structures in Nepal. All their handbags, clutches, tote bags are made with local materials and natural dyes or chemical dyes but standardized and quality. Their manufacturing process is as environmentally friendly as possible and all scraps are recycled.

But the story continues! OMYOKI ethical handbags offer a very trendy ethnic chic design. WSDO only offers fabric bags and although the fabrics are beautiful we were looking for more elaborate models. A branch of the association has recently emerged and makes models of chic ethnic handcrafted bags, made of traditional Nepalese fabrics and suede. Handcrafted ethical bags with quality materials, whether traditional fabrics, suede or zippers and buckles. In addition, the seams, linings and shoulder straps are very well finished.

The import of these bags from Nepal was complex and long to set up. But we were so eager to offer them to you that the solution was found.

We hope that the history of these fair trade bags touched you as much as we did and that you will adopt an ethical and chic look with an OMYOKI bag!

OMYOKI ethical bags

Discover a video presentation of the production of ethnic-chic bags, in the heart of Nepal.