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  • Manushi Celebrates 25 Years
  • Manushi Marketplace
  • World Fair Trade Day 2017


For 25 years Manushi has empowered Nepali women and artisans by supporting equity, entrepreneurship and excellence in sustainable development



We have an extensive collection of items from bedding to clothing and jewellery to accessories. Every piece hand made by one of our 1530 artisans. You can find something for everyone.





Shanti Shakya of Nhu Ja Handicraft in Lalitpur is a Sample Designer and Knitting expert. She began knitting at a young age and has worked with Manushi for the past ten years.





Since 2002 Manushi been actively involved in micro-financing, providing loans to the poor and encouraging micro-enterprise development through skill trainings and workshops. 



These products especially the cotton are dyed here, this dying is azofree (does not contain harmful chemical). These materials are weaved through Handloom Machine also called “Hatey Tano” in Nepali.


The materials are brought from India, the materials are called Yan. His factory produces mostly the cotton products by his workers through Handloom His business is running well and is financially secured. He has employed 40 ladies in his factory. They are all from local residents of Bhaktapur. Acoording to Deep Chand Sakha these women are earning on basis of the amount of products they make. They have learnt this skill from the beginning of their time from their homes. They are being able to empower themselves with their skills. They are independent and have been skilled in the handloom work. It has helped their families to better sustain their social and economic life.


A loom is a device used to weave cloth and tapestry. The basic purpose of any loom is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of the weft threads. The precise shape of the loom and its mechanics may vary, but the basic function is the same.



A handloom is a simple machine used for weaving. In a wooden vertical-shaft looms, the heddles are fixed in place in the shaft. The warp threads pass alternately through a heddle, and through a space between the heddles (the shed), so that raising the shaft raises half the threads (thus passing through the heddles), and lowering the shaft lowers the same threads - the threads passing through the spaces between the heddles remain in place. This was a great discovery in that era.