Preserving and Sharing the Culture of Nepal
The artisans that make our products utilize production methods that go back generations. Many are made by hand, one at a time, using natural fibers that are both functional and beautiful and have been a part of the Nepalese culture for years
Environmentally Sustainable Sourcing
We use natural fibers and materials whenever possible but we do enhance some products with small amounts of fleece or other comfort-adding fabrics. We keep packaging to a minimum and use materials that can be easily recycled. We avoid harsh chemicals, dyes, and other environmentally damaging materials.
Fair Trade and Sustainable Jobs
Over 300 people are involved in making US Sherpa products, many of them were economically disadvantaged and marginalized. We hope to employ more people as our business grows and continue to train and educate artisans so that they are able to support their own economic ambitions. Through our trekking services, we can visit our producers at least twice a year to ensure that they are being adequately paid and working in safe and empowering conditions.
The opportunity to start US Sherpa was the direct result of the generosity of others and we strive to continue this tradition by supporting the Himalayan Cataract Project and other organizations that provide opportunities for the disadvantaged, and preserve the Nepalese culture, and protect the beauty of the natural world.
How Sherpa Slippers are Made
Made from all natural New Zealand ready-made dyed wool.
First, you select a pattern/ draft for shape. In this case the pattern draft is for slippers. All slippers use the same pattern to begin.
Next, we add wool to cover the pattern. Based on how thick the felt needs to be. Add soap and water to create shape.
Then, wrap mesh material around the felt and wrap around a wooden rod. With this, roll the felt on the rod to remove excess soap and water from the wool on the slipper mold.
After, using scissors cut a small circle in the middle of one side on each slipper. From the hole, remove the pattern.Now, let the products dry.
Once the products are dry they can be stitched for finishing touches, and adding the soles.
Finally, they are ready for you!
Artisan: Muna Wavia
Photo: Katherine Figura @ktfigphoto