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A shipment TO Nepal

Thanks a million to Boomers and Echoes (North Shore kids consignment store) for donating some lovely things for Jasper, who will be 6 months old this November. And I purchased some beautiful things for Resmi, too. Some lovely folks we met through Vancouver Contra Dance are off to Kathmandu on Monday and are hand-delivering a […]

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Resmi in 2012

Although Resmi was old enough for “Class 1″, she started school in “Lower Kindergarten” to catch up to her peers. After one successful semester, her teachers moved her up to “Upper Kindergarten”, where she is as of October 2012. She is now half-way through her first whole year of school, and by all accounts, is […]

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Second Shipment on its way

The second shipment is on its way!!! Our second set of samples (9 jackets with “tweaks” made to the sizing) is now in the United Arab Emirates. Seems an odd direction, but the final destination is North Vancouver, Canada, and we should have them next week. If they’re what we expect, it’ll be time to […]

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Naming Jasper

We returned to Canada, but we continued to talk with Kamal every week. Early in 2012, he told us that he and his wife were expecting a baby. The baby arrived in May and it was a boy! We were very thrilled for him and then much to our surprise and completely out of the […]

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Jacket Labels… lost in translation?

We are working on approving text for our jacket labels today. Having Nepali people make a label in English and French is a challenge of epic proportions! “Thak You” for reading! Lucky for us, Rajan has learned lots of spoken English so we can communicate well by Skype, phone – and although much more difficult […]

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Our first jacket samples

Our first sample order arrived today. In true Nepali re-use fashion, our shiny new coats came in an old rice bag. It’s like Christmas – also came with some surprise presents to make it up to 5kg: curry/masala spices and a plethora of Pashmina scarves!  

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We’ve ordered our first samples!

Wow! We’re really going to do this! Kamal put us in touch with the “best factory” he found after visiting 40 sewing shops in Kathmandu. Rajan is our man, and he’s going to make us our first samples of women’s and men’s jackets! We’ve measured up the jackets we’d bought while in Nepal as a […]

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Rajan is our man!

Kamal has been hitting the pavement: he’s checked out almost 40 sewing shops/factories in Kathmandu. He’s looking for jackets that are well-made that “won’t make you look like a chicken”, which is code for “feathers stay on the inside!” Now, it sounds like Kamal’s found our man: meet Rajan. He’s going to make some samples […]
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How vegetarians ended up eating buffalo all the time…

The higher we trekked, the more expensive local chicken became. Thus, the transition began to Kamal searching out local buffalo. Our first buffalo was dried and then cooked into a curry. Very good. The second one was fresh buffalo. Good but not as good and quite (too!) chewy, and after that well, bring on the […]

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Super fresh chicken kicks the bucket….

Note: if you are vegetarian or have never been in a butcher shop, it would be best to turn your head now… So our guide, Kamal, was constantly worried that he might lose height and weight while trekking with us. (Kamal at 6 ft 3, is the tallest Nepali we have ever seen). His diet […]

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