Khadi Papers

Khadi Papers

Khadi Paper in the 1980's were the first to introduce Indian handmade papers to London based artists and designers. They work very closely with their paper makers based around the village of Tarihal near Hubli in Karnataka, South India and later in Nepal and Bhutan as well. Hubli is an area renowned for growing cotton and contains the largest open air cotton market in the whole of Asia, and with cotton being the raw material of their Indian papers this is the best place in the world to be located. Khadi Papers now gives over sixty men and women employment from local villages and provides paid work for printers, technicians and carpenters. Around the paper mill they have their own organic farm irrigated by run off-water, where they grow mangoes, bananas and organic vegetables. Over in Nepal and Bhutan, Khadi have worked with the same paper makers for the past twenty years since 1983. Milan Bhattarai's company started off from a small and humble beginning when Khadi started working with him, however now they have grown to employ 120 people of whom 60% are women. Milan's company helps to support social projects in their local communities including HIV/Aids education.

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