How it’s made

Just outside the urban jungle of Kathmandu the scenery becomes rural and among weeds one of the many building with zinc sheet roof.

I am welcomed by three shy but curious children, and this is the gate of an industrial hemp, a variety of Cannabis sativa plant species that it grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.

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With about 30 million inhabitants, most Hindu, Nepal follows the ancient Vedic calendar. The holiday, therefore, is on Saturday and the working week is from Sunday to Friday.

Today is Satuday, the day off for most workers, and the factory is almost empty.

 Here hemp is used to make a variety of commercial products like clothes, wallets and backpacks that will be resold in Thamel’s shops.

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The bast fibers can be used to make textiles that are 100% hemp, but they are commonly blended with other organic fibers such as flax, cotton or silk, to make woven fabrics for apparel and furnishings.

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I would like to ask some questions to the tailors, about their working conditions, but my Nepali is not as good as their English, so I am entertained by the kids, while cheerful loud music is played from an old radio set.

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