Walking through the busy, narrow and quirky streets of Kathmandu, we entered a beautiful hand painted violet door leading up to the room where our amazing knitters work - a place filled with joy and energy. The room as always was buzzing with the knitters casually joking while paying attention to every knitting detail. The beautiful carved windows threw soft rays of the sun into the room and fell tenderly on the cheerful faces of the women. They smiled and greeted us upon our arrival but promptly went back to their work.
This bunch of chatty and bubbly women included into their chitchats a shy yet smiley man who was quietly knitting in a corner. We struck up a conversation with him to know how he really got into this business since it’s not very common for a man to knit in Nepal. Along the conversation we learned that he acquired this skill from his mother and has a deep love and respect for this art. He finds happiness in what he is doing and does not care about what the society thinks of him. He also is keen on passing on this art to his daughter who is yet to grow up.
Proceeding to talk to the women we realized that some of them had been knitting for the past 32 years while some for the past 8. There even was a pair of mother and daughter who had been working in this field together for 8 years. Most of the women, like the man in the room had not been taught knitting by their parents but rather observed them knitting and learnt it themselves. While asking them about how they felt about this skill they all agreed upon the fact that they were very passionate about it and would love to give continuity to this skill through the coming generation. They are very keen on preserving this culture of hand knitting so that it remains intact in the coming future. They also are aware about the much needed employment opportunities this skill could bring especially to the women of this country who did not have the privilege of receiving education.
Finishing the conversation and walking back home it slowly dawned on us the wonderful relationship and power we held in empowering these people who went through big challenges during the past two years including two major earthquakes and the economical blockade soon after. Their spirit of never giving up and finding happiness in smallest of things amazed us and we sincerely cannot wait to see what the future has in store for both the parties. We at Resa living also feel humbled seeing these strong people and looking at the amazing things they’re doing, we’re inspired to do even more for them in return. Their passion and love for knitting truly brings out the beauty to our knitwear products. Like we say in our products – Made by hand designed by heart.