Himalayan Batiks

Himalayan Batiks is one of NLT's Income Generation Projects. This project employs more than 20 producer families, working at home to make various products using the batik technique with wax and dye on cotton fabric. People with disabilities, students from low income families, women who have been deserted by their husbands or people who are disadvantaged in some other way and marginalized persons in Nepal find through this project not only a source of income, but a way to recover dignity an...
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NLT’s Felt Industry

NLT has a heart for all those that are disadvantaged and not just those that suffer from leprosy.  It is out of this heart that the Kathmandu office set up a sheltered workshop where various 'home' industries were started. In 2002 NLT started the Felt Industry, employing the poor and disadvantaged.  It quickly became a source of income for them, which has continued to this day.  Still today,  it is a thriving business for a small group of women. Their main customer is Sweden but they expor...
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Leprosy in Europe – The Island

Some of you may remember the recent novel by Victoria Hislop based around the Greek island called Spinalonga that was a leprosy colony from 1903 to 1957. Spinalonga was fortified in the 16th century by the Venetians and then occupied by the Ottomans in the 18th century. The Cretans re-took it in the 19th century and it was turned into a leprosy colony in the early 20th century. The last occupant was a priest who lived there until 1962. Recently some archive film made during a visit to the island...
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Unique Nettle Textiles from the Mountains of Nepal

The nettle plant ‘Girardinia diversifolia’ known as nettle occurs naturally at altitudes above 1500 metres and loves the partly shaded forests.  It has large coarse leaves with a fine down but also has vicious thorn like stinging hairs. This obviously makes the harvesting quite difficult. The plant seeds freely and young shoots sprout annually from the roots.  These roots help to stabilise the soil: an important factor in the fragile mountain areas. The inner bark of the stem yields fine s...
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A little girl – crippled at 4 years

Rhadika is a delightful little girl of 4 years old who comes from a poor, low caste family in the Janakpur area. The family has a tiny piece of land which they share. Rhadika’s dad went abroad to work to improve the family situation but had to come home unexpectedly when his son was diagnosed with cancer. The treatment quickly used his earnings up, but the son did get better. Dad now works as a labourer for surrounding farms. About 18 months ago Rhadika suffered from a prolonged fever and...
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Ancient crafts in Nepal

There are many crafts in Nepal but basketry is a particularly useful one.  The techniques can be used to create everyday utensils, baskets, hats, mats bowls etc. Bamboo is the most widely used raw material: ‘Malingo’ and ‘Nisalo’ is used for fine basketry whilst ‘Bans’ is used for the heavier daily used items.The Bamboo is split into strips of varying lengths and then woven into various patterns.  Sometimes the Bamboo is dyed using natural products such as nettles which produces a lovely eart...
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