Meet some of the makers
This is a special post dedicated to the amazing artisans who pour their heart and soul, using their passion, knowledge, creativity and expertise to give life to the items they work on. It requires a tremendous amount of patience, commitment and dedication.
There are faces behind every Kalilo's product and without them the unique story that each product carries, reflecting their creative spirits would be incomplete. This post is to show that we respect and value people we work with and appreciate the work they do.
Name: Suku Maya
Village: A small village near Hetauda (4 hours’ drive from Kathmandu)
Family Members: Family of 4 with a daughter (24 years old) and a son (21 years old)
Suku Maya grew up in a small village near Hetauda. She understands the value of education as she could never go to school even though she very much wanted to. Inaccessibility, poor financial condition and patriarchal conservative society meant her family chose to send only her brother to school. She does not want her children to go through the same experience she did when she was a child and has ensured that both her children get best possible education she can.
Name: Manoj Kumar Dhami
Family Members: Family of 5 with a sister and a brother
Manoj is a young unmarried man. He works as a dyeing master and has 9 years of experience. He dropped out of high school to find a job so he could financially support his younger brother and sister's education. It is easy to recognize Manoj as he always has a smile on his face.
Name: Muna Magar
Village: Patan, Kathmandu Valley
Family Members: Family of 7 with 4 children (Sons)
Muna was born and raised in Patan. Being brought up in the capital, accessibility to a school was not a problem, but lack of quality education in the public school she went to was. Failing her final upper secondary exams and no hope for a decent future, she quit and started to work at a young age instead. She does not want her children to be hopeless and quit school at young age like her. This job has provided her financial support to be able to send her children to a private school where they can get good education, giving them a chance for a better life.
Name: Kalinanda Mishra
Family Members: Family of 4 with a son and a daughter
Kalinanda Mishra is the knitting and weaving head master. He has over 26 years of experience - 14 of them in India. He is highly respected among his colleagues and everybody calls him Master Ji (Ji is a title of respect in Nepali). He has happy memories from his childhood. Growing up in a small village (close to Indian border) was fun but not easy because of everyday obstacles.