MUSKHANE as a unique origin story—could you explain a little more about how your company came about?
My wife and I discovered the Himalayan region during a social mission—we fell in love at first sight when we arrived in Nepal. When we completed our two-and-a-half-year contract, we decided to put down roots in the beautiful city of Kathmandu.
The idea to develop a stronger local economy and to celebrate the exceptional artisanal craftwork of the region has come quite naturally. After we carried out a study of Fair Trade that put us in contact and dialogue with artisans, we created MUSKHANE.
After 15 years in Nepal, our family is now back in France where we pilot the company from the heart of the French Alps.
Sustainability and fair-trade form the ethos of the Muskhane brand. How do these practices inform the processes and materials that are used by your artisans?
The raison d'être of MUSKHANE is to share a meaningful human adventure. All of our products are handmade from the finest natural and renewable materials available: sheep's wool, Nepalese cotton, and paper.
We are committed to giving a fair price to the artisans so that they can achieve a comfortable living wage. Rather than negotiate a low price, we ask our suppliers to deliver high-quality materials within the stipulated timeframe.
How do the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Nepal and the Himalayan region inspire MUSKHANE products?
Nepal is brimming with treasures and talents, it is an endless fount of inspiration with its wealth of materials, traditional skills, and colors.
The country sometimes struggles to get by on limited means, yet the beautiful and the sacred embellish each moment. We love sharing all this wonderful energy through our products.