I received a free product for this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Today I want to share a really special brand with you guys. It’s called Kaligarh, and not only are its pieces beautiful, they’re all handcrafted by small-scale artisans in Nepal and the Himalayan region. There’s something so special about handcrafted pieces. Each one is unique in it’s very own way, and you know there’s an intimate story attached to it from whoever’s hands crafted it. Kaligarh aims to revive the traditional artistry of the Himalayan people, that has faded due to low-cost foreign goods entering their region.
The artisan is at the centre of Kaligarh, which is something that drew me to the brand immediately. All of the artisans are treated respectfully and ethically, and work either form their homes or in small workshops. The name of the artisan who crafted each piece accompanies each piece on the website. It links to a picture of them and their bio, along with the other pieces they have created. This is so meaningful, and really allows you to feel a connection to the artist.
Kaligarh is recognized as a Fair Trade Supplier by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS). If you’ve read some of my recent posts (like this one or this one), you know that I’m trying to be more cautious about where I buy things, from clothes and jewellery to food and skin care products. So this is a brand that I’m really proud to wear and talk about.
Each jewellery piece also has its own story. The piece I’m wearing is the Tayo Silver Necklace, which is a ceremonial piece for the Newar community of Kathmandu. The tayo is also the primary ornament for a Newar bride to wear during her wedding. How incredible is that. Kaligarh (and specifically artisan Anmol) has created a relaxed and simplified version of the tayo that makes it very wearable for everyday life. It can elevate a casual outfit like the one I’m wearing, but I also can’t wait to wear it for a more formal event. I can see it with a long floral maxi dress like this one.
Another thing I love about Kaligarh is that it’s sustainable. It uses Nepali handmade paper for its packaging, as well as recycled card, and they don’t use any materials that aren’t recyclable or compostable. I’m truly so happy and excited that I was introduced to this brand, and can’t wait to work this necklace into my wardrobe!