Bhangara

Bhangara

Re connect to nature

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Bhangara

Bhangara

Bhangara is committed to manufacturing 100% natural hemp backpacks and accessories in a responsible way, taking into account the ecological, social, and economic impact of our production. Bhangara is committed to producing responsibly and ecologically and rejecting toxic and harmful products for the environment and people.

Coming from the mountains of Bajhang and Bajura, in the west of Nepal, the hemp of the backpacks Bhangara is adapted to the conditions of temperature and rainfall of this region and possesses a natural resistance to the parasites. It is thus grown naturally, without the addition of pesticides or chemicals. Nor does it need irrigation: the monsoon rains amply supply the plant’s needs. After hemp cultivation, the soil remains clean.

Bhangara was born from the traditional Nepalese art of hemp, and its development is inseparable from its artisanal heritage, manual dexterity, and the spirituality that permeates its fabrics. They work so that fair manufacturing is not a utopia but begins today. Through their backpacks and accessories, they want to spread this way of conceiving textile creation.

Bhangara is a trustworthy brand whose meaning is Nepali Hemp Weaving. Without this unique handmade fabric, nothing would have happened. With this 100% natural material full of color, they create backpacks, complements, and accessories full of color. They work directly with sewists (and seamstresses) who assemble them in Nepal in conditions that respect workers’ rights. Over speed, quality comes first, which is reflected in each piece’s finish.

Nepalese culture is their inspiration. Their craftsmanship and expertise in the transformation of hemp are unparalleled. These people must be at the heart of the manufacturing process and their work reasonably valued. Bhangara’s goal is that Nepalis become the protagonists of their social and economic development through responsible production. Bhangara is a  textile manufacturing organization founded in 2008 by women who have fled the unsustainable working conditions of the textile industry and work in self-management. They welcome and train women at risk of social exclusion: separated women, widows, women with children and no income, or young women who have refused a forced marriage and whose family has cut ties.

Since its foundation, 280 women have learned the various textile manufacturing trades in the organization. For six months, they complete paid internships in the various stages of creation: weaving, dyeing, cutting, sewing, or embroidery. After this training, they choose a specialty and work in the company for four years. After this period, they have acquired sufficient skills to work independently on their own. Let us value handmade objects and craftsmanship! Our society keeps us disconnected from reality. Bhangara wants to re-establish the broken link between consumers and manufacturers. Let us stop and think for a moment: who made what I am wearing? In line with its philosophy, and parallel to the production directly benefiting farmers, manufacturers, and artisans, Bhangara donates 5% of its profits to the NGO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES NEPAL.

SOS Children’s Villages is an international NGO whose establishment in Nepal dates back to 1972, the year of creating the first “village” in Sanothimi (Kathmandu). In 2015, Nepal’s earthquake was of such violence that it caused more than 7000 deaths and left behind orphaned children and broken families. Today, SOS Children’s Villages Nepal provides care for 1909 children throughout the country. The association welcomes, feeds, and ensures the education of children of all ages, sending them to local schools. However, beyond their material needs, they pay special attention to each child and reproduce the image of a nuclear family in which a mother takes care of 10 children in an independent house. The conditions of admission of the children are strict in order not to encourage abandonment by their parents. Since its foundation, 1315 orphans have been reintegrated into society. Read more: http://www.sosnepal.org.np

Designer

Laura & Hugo

The creators of the BHANGARA designs are initially Laura and Hugo. For Laura, from Asturias, the mountains and the weekend hikes in the Picos de Europa are a constant in her childhood. Sensitive to ecology, she specializes in Plant Eco-physiology and works in research on the adaptation of forage plants to climate change. Until 2017, when she discovers Nepalese hemp during a Himalayan route with Hugo.

Passionate about allying environmental problem solving with the plant kingdom, she is fascinated by the spectrum of advantages of hemp. As for Hugo, several entrepreneurial experiences, he sees in this ancestral fiber and Nepalese craftsmanship a great potential. It seems to him the opportunity to bring to light this country, particularly its people, of admirable honesty and sincerity. As a good entrepreneur, he is not discouraged by risks. Thus, he decides to combine his resources and business experience to give back to Nepal and all the local members of this project the support they deserve