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Combining Scandinavian Design and Nepalese Craftsmanship for a Good Cause

The Himalayan region of Nepal is home to some of the finest cashmere wool and a community of expert weavers. Unfortunately, it's also home to terrible stories of poverty and exploitation, especially prostitution. Nepal Projects, an initiative led by Danish design brand Menu has collaborated with Danida—a development arm of Denmark's Ministry of Foreign Affairs—provides Nepalese women a channel of fair employment, specifically by producing quality textile home goods.

With production centers around Kathmandu, Nepal Projects employs a team of weavers and tailors who work mostly with cashmere, merino wool, leather and cotton. The product collection, which includes cashmere throws, bedcovers, hand printed scarves, and a Japanese inspired knot bag by A Hint of Neon, accessory boxes and cashmere pillows by Note Design Studio, a canvas laundry bag by Norm Architects, and a teddy bear by Afteroom, ultimately brings together the best of Scandinavian design and local craft techniques. The collection just debuted at the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris last week and the first products will be available in select stores this October.

· Nepal Projects [Domus]
· Examining Nepal's Architectural Legacy After the Earthquake [Curbed]