Your purchase supports women and girls in Nepal to live with confidence and independence.
Samunnat Nepal is a homegrown, grassroots organisation based in eastern Nepal. Samunnat empowers women who have experienced violence and poverty. They provide legal support, income generation training, counselling and mentoring.
Samunnat means to flourish and this is the hope for the women who come for support.
Some women are introduced to polymer clay and learn the art of jewellery making from the more skilled artists. About 15 women enjoy working together in the colourful studio creating the beautiful jewellery.
Income from the sale of beads has helped start a number of Samunnat Nepal local initiatives: a tailor shop, pickle making, organic gardening and catering.
Are the beads painted?
No! The intricate designs are made by arranging different coloured pieces of polymer clay to create a design that runs longways. This is known as a cane and it is based on the millefiori technique you may be familiar with from Venetian glass. Once the ladies have mixed the colours, they make the canes. Polymer clay is a synthetic modelling compound. The clay comes in about 20 colours.
Over the years Samunnat Nepal have developed many different colour recipes to produce their own colours by mixing different proportions of these basic colours. They do most of their mixing using a pasta machine!
When new ladies join Samunnat Nepal they are apprenticed by more experienced artists and start doing things like mixing their left over scrap ready to make beads. Samunnat Nepal is zero waste. Every bit of clay is recycled!
Watch this video here to see Ambika reducing a cane. Her cane starts off several centimetres wide and is reduced to just a few millimetres before she cuts it into tiny thin slices and uses them to carefully cover a ball of scrap clay to create her bead.
We're thrilled to have Samunnat Nepal's beautifully made, quality pieces of polymer clay jewellery in the shop.
Invest in a collection of beads and you are making a contribution to the livelihood, wellbeing and the empowerment of women who’ve experienced violence.
Project Didi Australia is committed to restoring hope, dignity and independence to women and girls in Nepal exposed to trafficking and abuse, through trauma-informed care, family strengthening and reintegration, education and pathways to employment.
Project Didi Australia is a partner for Project J1082N Futures of Dignity and Opportunity with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). For more information please visit GDG projects: www.gdg.org.au.