Weaving Allo Thread in Nepal

14 days - 26th November – 9th December 2020

from Kathmandu to Pokhara and beyond....

 

We want to take you off the beaten track of Nepal, head into the wilds to experience Allo (nettle) farming, spinning & weaving.

 

The Himalayan giant nettle is a treasured sustainable plant providing food, fodder, medicines and an amazing fibre for cloth making.

 

Nepal, nestled deep into the Himalayas, is without doubt full of charm, outstanding majestic beauty and the most warm-hearted people you could every meet.  This landlocked country situated between India and China, two domineering neighbours, yet still manages to retain a culture that is distinctly it's own. 

 

We are so excited that in November 2020 we will visit the western part of this delightful country, close to Pokhara, to learn about the production of "Allo" fibre. 

 

Allo is the Himalayan nettle, (Girardinia diversifolia) and we will have the opportunity to see, and take part in, the harvesting, processing, spinning and weaving of this amazing, sustainable textile. Although there is some machinery, (looms etc.), this is no industrial operation.  It is women who are predominantly involved in this work and we will have the unique opportunity to work with them, learning from them and sharing skills.

 

We will also have the opportunity to visit many cultural sites in the Kathmandu Valley during our trip, including: 

 

Pashupatinath, the famous and sacred Hindu temple complex located on the banks of the Bagmati River; 

Boudhanath - the magnificent Buddhist Stupa, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Swayambunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple (no prizes for guessing as to why!). 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the site of the old Royal Palace of the Bhaktapur Kingdom.

 

And so much more….

14 days. £3,600.  For more information please email us for the full information pack.  emma@inthewoolshed.com