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The Wild Fibers Introduction

Wild Fibers is a people-oriented enterprise inspired by the sustainable Himalayan wild fibers coming from outside the food-chain.

 

Giant Himalayan Nettles and hemp grows wild in the jungles all over Nepal. The total of these wild stands, all through the jungles within Nepal, produce well over 10 million tons of wild fibers, most is rotting where it grows every year.

Mission Statement

To bring these jungle fibers into the global marketplace by offering the highest quality weaving of carpets and textiles for clothing and soft furnishings. We are presenting our 24 years of focus on high-quality products for people, homes, and businesses on the Internet with free global shipping from Nepal.
— Wild Fibers

The Wild Fibers Story

Our first fiber discovery began with a reconnaissance mission by a small team from a non-government organization called, 'The Human Union Movement Nepal', it was a search to acquire an indigenous garment fiber. The reconnaissance mission was led by the founder/director, he was accompanied by scouts, interpreter, and porters. The proposed project of The HUM Nepal was ‘The People and Paper’ which later transformed into the family business, 'The Wild Fibers'.

Nepali Mountains
 

The initial objective was to locate, rent and establish a property with a retting pond and collection point for the hemp fibers. The fibers were then to be processed into organic hemp cloth for a product already conceived, the ‘MariJeans’. (what happened to them?) Over a three month harvest period, we accumulated a total of 40,000 kilograms of raw hemp bark. These fibers originated from 700 families spread across the Himalayan plateau. The collection point was a two-day travel to the fibers, and our team spent multiple trips with over 50 kilograms each round trip. After intense labor and retting the fibers, we came to a conclusion that the fibers’ textile quality was not satisfactory. However, the hemp fibers were an excellent material for paper and rough carpets.

 

Thus we pivoted our focus on paper and carpets, we strived to produce the best fiber paper and carpets. After a changed mindset, the construction of a water driven paper-mill was already underway. Stones were pulled out of the river flanking the property, which served to deepen and accelerate the flow of water at our site. Around 40 trees were procured from a local community, the timbers were cut and sawed before placing them on the roof.

 

During these constructions, our team was still on the hunt searching endlessly in the jungles of Nepal. Subsequently their determination and persistent led them to discover the giant Himalayan stinging nettle. While learning more about the Himalayan stinging nettle, it proved to exceed our expectations. The textile quality and composition was perfect, seemingly this changed the course of the project once again. Now the stage was set for the marriage of hemp and nettle, the birth of what we know today as the Wild Fibers.