I had the opportunity to visit KTS in Nepal - the group that we work with to make these beautiful sweaters from banana fiber, silk, and pashmina wool. I was so impressed with the whole program. It was started in 1983, initially to help the local street sweepers or the caste of untouchables who where denied education and employment opportunities. This system is virtually impossible to break. KTS started with childcare for these street cleaning workers followed by adult literacy classes.
Naturally Dying the Yarn
Hand Weaving the Yarn
Today KTS provides technical training in knitting, carpet weaving, and woodworking. Then job opportunities are given to graduates of the program which gives sustainable jobs to mothers working at home as well as helps support the school and the primary school offered for free to underprivileged children.
Quality Control and Sewing on Tags
It was so wonderful to see all of this in person as well as pick out the colors and yarns for these beautiful sweaters.