©Maeva Delacroix pour Muskhane
Having left to live and work in Nepal for Handicap International at the end of the 1990’s, Thierry and Valérie Billot fell under the spell of the local handcrafts. Impressed by the output of these traditional production techniques still at work in this distant, little realm, they created their first collection in 2002. Muskhane is a fashion and decorative brand, committed to ethical business practices. The consideration of local social issues and their ecological footprint are essential elements in the development of their business. All their products are hand-made from natural and renewable raw materials: sheep’s wool, cotton and Nepalese paper for their decorative items; goat’s wool for their cashmere clothing.
Participating country: Nepal
Since 2006, Muskhane has provided logistical and financial support to DEM Nepal, ‘Détresse des Enfants du Monde Népal’, who run a program in the valley of Kathmandu for disadvantaged families, and also give educational scholarships to students. Since 2013, the company has also begun to support the charity Planète Enfants which works for the respect of children’s rights, and which fights against their exploitation.
A little extra information:
- To offset the CO2 emitted during the transportation of their products, Muskhane is a member of CO2 Solidaire: through their contribution a thousand solar passive buildings in the Indian Himalayas have already been financed.
Questions for Thierry Billot, founder of Muskhane
Three words that define your brand:
Colour, warmth, respect.
The latest achievement of which you are proud?
If we are talking about our products, the felt lamp, as much for it’s form as for the ambiance it creates in a room.
What does your brand bring to the Nepalese communities?
A regular source of income throughout the year which allows the families to feel secure. To work in good conditions whilst making beautiful products that they like, even if they are sometimes difficult to produce!