In August 2019, I took an eye-opening backpacking trip around India and Nepal. I was blown away by the breath-taking sunsets, architecture and culture; But for the first time in my sheltered life, I was confronted with extreme poverty and polluted streets. I had a huge wakeup call as I realised the role, I had to play in all of this. The choices I made when buying clothing directly impacted people's lives. By buying into 'fast fashion', I contributed to a cycle of poverty, dangerous working conditions and waste. After seeing this first-hand, I decided I had to make a change, and so the idea for Hemp & Hope was born!
We met with suppliers in Nepal who made beautiful bags from sustainable Hemp fibre. We visited their factory and made sure they were working fairly and in a safe environment. We bought a small package of backpacks, and upon returning home, I set up a new business!
We design all of our bags and clothing here in Scotland, UK and have them made by our wonderful makers in Nepal. Our hemp is harvested and spun by women in Baglung and Bajura Villages in the Himalayan mountains. It is then sent to Kathmandu and Pokhara to be made into our garments.
We want to be much more than just a brand! We refuse to contribute to the problem and have sworn to be a part of the solution. Thank you for joining us on this slow fashion journey!
We recently changed our name from Niyama Co to Hemp & Hope, the video below explains a bit about the brand and why we decided to rebrand!
Danielle and the team x