OMYOKI ethical bags are handmade in Nepal. These are bags combining fair trade, local and eco-responsible raw materials, and the work of women in difficulty. Their story is touching in many ways… and their design composed of eco-friendly and traditional Nepalese fabrics and deer out of the ordinary.

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. In Nepal women very rarely have access to employment and when they flee a difficult marriage, lose their husband or are repudiated, they easily fall into misery, as do their children. WSDO offers a properly paid job at around five hundred women. A home weaving work system has even been put in place so that many of them can continue to care for their children more easily. The various workshops range from the color of wool to spinning, then to weaving, sewing, storage, and sales. Women have access to simple or more complex tasks, gain know-how over time and are pushed to climb the ladder. WSDO was created in 1975 by Mrs. Ramkali, with a few women at the start, then evolved into a larger organization and a model for other structures in Nepal. All their handbags, pouches, shopping bags are made with local materials and natural dyes or chemical dyes but standardized and of quality. Their manufacturing process is as ecological as possible and all scraps are recycled.

Eco-friendly and traditional Nepalese fabrics

The materials used are traditional ethnic fabrics from Nepal. The thick outer weaving parts and the linings are 100% handmade using cotton imported from India (mainly fair trade raw materials, but also from unfair suppliers from disadvantaged and economically difficult environments). Other parts are made of allo nettle wool that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The fabrics are woven by Nepalese women from disadvantaged backgrounds, using simple and age-old methods. The fabrics are made from A to Z, that is to say from the spinning of cotton, to the color, and to weaving.

OMYOKI natural dye for eco-friendly fabricsThe dyes are eco-responsible. The bags and pouches are made of fabrics dyed in two ways, with:

  • natural dyes for light and pastel shades
  • AZO-FREE chemical dyes for black or bright colors. AZO-FREE class dyes are free of heavy metals and hazardous chemicals. The environmental risks in the country of production are thus limited and the wearing of articles on the skin is safe for health.