Himalayan Arts & Handicrafts is a manufacturer, wholesaler & exporter of felt handmade products located in Greater Kathmandu, in Nepal. They pride themselves in manufacturing quality and long-lasting handcrafted felt items, from slippers to decorative items and cat houses.
Their staff is highly experienced and skilled, with strong emphasis on people's development through trainings, people care and incentives to manufacture state-of-the-art items. At now, the company works with 250 employees.
Himayan Arts & Handicrafts in an export-oriented company, with markets in European Union, USA and Japan mostly.
Their vision is to give the platforms for that person who are searching for a place to explore their unborn hidden talent and spread the products with the full of creative arts over the world. Due to political instability in Nepal, there is a high rate of unemployment. Most people are under unemployment even not to their intensity to hold their skillful hands and their creative minds. Himalayan Arts & Handicrafts want to create employment opportunities and support to the nation with their efforts.
Himalayan Arts & Handicrafts believe that addressing environmental issues is key to sustaining and developing their business. All their business locations work together to reduce the environmental impact caused by their business activities and products. In addition to environmental laws and other requirements with which they comply, they also work continuously to improve their environmental management system in order to prevent environmental pollution and achieve a balance between their business activities and the environment.
About Woolen Felt
Wool is a natural animal fiber obtained from sheep, goats, yak, camel, etc. All these animals have an outer covering of hair, which is shaved off to obtain wool fibers. Animal fibers are naturally obtained from animals. Some animals that live in cold places generally develop a thick coat of hair on their body. This coating helps the animals to trap air in it and keep them warm as air is a poor conductor of heat. Air trapped by the hair on the body of the animals does not let the warmth escape from the body. Hence, this thick covering of hair on animal bodies protects them from cold.
- From sheep
Sheep hair has two types of fibres – beard hair and skin hair. The skin hair provides the fibre to make wool. The process of making fibre into wool follows a series of processes:
Shearing → Scouring → Sorting → Dyeing → Straightening, Rolling and Combing
This is the first step of processing fibre into wool. In this method, the fleece of the sheep along with a thin layer of skin is removed. This process is done in spring weather as sheep do not require the outer skin to keep them warm. Shearing is mostly done by machines or sometimes by hands.
After the shearing process, the sheared hair is washed in big tanks to remove grease, dust, and dirt by automatic machines. This process of washing sheared hair is known as scouring.
In sorting, hairs of different textures and types are sorted. Now we can differentiate between low and good quality fibres. The good quality fibres are used for clothes and the lower quality is used for making rugs. The fleece is sorted according to type and texture.
This process involves the colouring of fibres in different colours as the natural fibre is generally white, black or brown.
- Straightening, Rolling, and Combing
After the dyeing process, the fibres are straightened, rolled and combed into yarns. Wool made from fibres is further used for making a jumper, woollen clothes, etc.
- Uses of Wool
People have been using wool for thousands of years for both functional and decorative purposes. This fibre has a number of advantages, including flexibility, durability, and water resistance. Products made from wool are: Home Decorative Items, Indoor & Outdoor items, Children Toys Items, festival Items. and many more…