Making handicrafts

Oxfam in Nepal is engaged with Pokhara Women Skill Development Pvt Ltd (PWSD) to improve the socio-economic condition of 900 poor and marginalized women from Kaski district by promoting handicraft enterprise development project. The project targets marginalized (especially Dalits and Janajati), single, differently-abled, socially and economically excluded, highly vulnerable and those who suffered from gender based violence to develop their skills in making handicrafts and home-based jobs to improve their socio-economic status. These women are trained and employed to make a wide range of handmade woven products, such as bags, dolls, decorative items and accessories.
The Enterprise Development Programme is supporting PWSD to achieve 75 % growth within 2020, by improving governance, providing business development services, expanding market linkages and developing robust financial management.

Text and photos by: Swikriti Sharma/Oxfam

  • Dyeing threads

    The raw white rolls of threads are dyed either with chemical colours or with natural colours.

  • Drying threads

    The dyed threads are hung on ropes for drying. 

  • Rolling threads

    The threads are then rolled and stacked like this. 

  • Warping

    Warping is a process where coloured yarns are arranged in a loom to form patterned piece of cloth.

  • Weaving

    After the threads are warped, they are woven in a different loom. Women producers can take away warped threads and weave the cloth at their homes.

  • Designing and cutting

    Now the fabrics are designed and cut according to approved patterns.

  • Stitching

    The cut fabrics are stitched by hand and machine to make final products.

  • Finishing

    The finished products are sorted, labelled, and packaged maintaining quality standards.

  • Handwoven bags

    Examples of finished products--handwoven bags.