BEHIND THE SEAMS: BEAD AND BRASS ACCESSORIES HANDMADE IN NEPAL

When we were in Nepal last month we visited Studio JUX’ own factory as well as JUX’ other production partners. It was great to meet the makers of the colourful and stylish handmade accessories that complement the Studio JUX collections each season. As it is Studio JUX’ mission to bring work and economic benefits to Nepal their accessory collections are made in the city of Kathmandu as well. 

BEADS

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On a 2 minute stroll from the Studio JUX factory, the place where Studio JUX’ beaded jewelry is made, is located in a beautiful Nepali house with a garden overlooking Kathmandu valley. We were welcomed and shown around by founder and owner Ms. Nimdiki Sherpa. 

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This passionate lady started her company 10 years ago to help Nepali women to be independent by providing them with a nice job. She currently employs 25 to 30 ladies, some of them working in this beautiful house in Kathmandu and others from their homes so they can take care of their families at the same time.

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The ladies we met like to dress up for a day at work – they looked so beautiful! Ms. Nimdiki Sherpa tells us that a lot of ladies want to work with her as the company provides good facilities. ‘Unfortunately there is only so much work.’ 

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The beads are bought from the local market and sometimes imported from India. Making a necklace can take up to four days. We saw the ladies at work, super concentrated – this job takes a lot of precision, skilled hands and patience, wow!

 

RECYCLED BRASS

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From the ladies to the gentlemen – After visiting the beautiful beads project we drove a few hours to see the recycled brass items being made in the workplace of Mr. Raj. Mr. Raj’s workshop is located in the so called ‘crafts area’ of Kathmandu. In this area you’ll find lots of small work spaces where people are carving wooden statues and instruments.

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Brass is made out of recycled metal from India. It consists of 70% copper and 30% zinc. Mr. Raj has been in the accessories business for 20 years and started his own company 5 years ago, employing 7 people from the area. Besides the brass jewellery items Mr Raj also makes the buttons for the Studio JUX garments, as Studio JUX tries to source everything as locally as possible.

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It was great to see how a piece of brass jewelry is made from a brass plate, which is then cut, hammered and finished by hand. Mind you, this is a precision job ladies & gentlemen! 

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