- Down: 80% duck down / 20% feather filling
- High-quality down filling for maximum lightweight insulation
- 600 FP
- Exterior shell and inner lining made of quick drying fabric
- Easy to store: Packs away into its own bag
- Lightweight: perfect for travelling and walking
- Inside zip-up pockets on both sides
Kathaa is the brainchild of the UK registered charity Nepal Youth Foundation UK that helps women and children in Nepal. The charity was looking for more sustainable ways to create income for its programmes. It saw a perfect opportunity in employing its beneficiaries to make beautiful Nepali products. These could then be sold to the UK market online with 100% of all the profits going back to the charity.
Their first range of products are our beautifully designed down jackets and our vision is that Kathaa will expand into children’s jackets, other clothing ranges, jewellery and home décor.
The range is made by beneficiaries of a programme ran by Nepal Youth Foundation UK that has been in existence since 2000. The programme began when the CEO of Nepal Youth Foundation learned about young girls being sold by extremely poor families to rich landowners in order to usually pay off a debt. The girls (separated from their families) then had to cook, clean, care for the whole family and most of the girls were under ten years of age. Many faced abhorrent abuse and extreme isolation. Since learning about the (Kamalari) system Nepal Youth Foundation has freed over 12,869 girls and ensured that the practice was legally abolished by the Nepali Government in 2013.
However, these young women now faced a new issue. Many had missed out on an education and were lacking skills in order to find employment. Nepal Youth Foundation has since provided these women key vocational skills training which included commercial tailoring. These are now the inspirational women who make our range of jackets. To understand more about their stories watch NYF’s film below.