Announcement   We are away from our HQ for a couple of weeks, so there will be a delay on shipping orders. Please bare with us. We'll send you your order out ASAP! Thanks for understanding.

All our products are handmade in Nepal using all natural materials. We work with individuals and groups in Nepal to produce the highest quality, unique, sustainable and ethical items for you.

We hope you like what we're doing!

Thanks for the support.
- Dave and Prabighya

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 21, 2018

We are away from our HQ for a couple of weeks, so there will be a delay on shipping orders. Please bare with us. We'll send you your order out ASAP! Thanks for understanding.

All our products are handmade in Nepal using all natural materials. We work with individuals and groups in Nepal to produce the highest quality, unique, sustainable and ethical items for you.

We hope you like what we're doing!

Thanks for the support.
- Dave and Prabighya

Khali Khutta

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Khali Khutta

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About

From the Nepal Himalaya to you, with love.

We (Dave and Prabi) met at university where we studied forestry together. After a few years of travelling together a little, completing a Permaculture Design Course and living in Nepal, we wanted to make a difference.

Our first motivation for establishing Khali Khutta (prounounced “Kha-lee Khotah”) is to address some of the negative trends we have witnessed within rural communities in Nepal. Namely, a shift of people from rural to urban areas and also an increase in harmful and inappropriate farming techniques (intense mechanisation and use of agrochemicals). The causes for these changes are many fold, but major reasons are the limited opportunities for rural populations (especially farmers) and the low status of farmers within society. We wanted to stop this trend. We also wanted to encourage the cottage industries that used to be very common in Nepal. Hemp and nettle fabrics were common, with some ethnicities relying on the income generated from weaving with these natural fibres.

Our second motivation is involved in trying to improve the situation I mentioned above. There is a huge amount of cheap, mass produced stuff on the market, from soaps to yoga mats and one-use (or maybe two if we’re good) plastic shopping bags to lip balms in disposable plastic tubes or pots. Often, even “organic” or “bio” products are still packaged in plastic dispensers (like your favourite lip balm) and “bags for life” are still made from harmful plastic – the shop may replace a broken one, but that doesn’t really avoid the problem of plastic landfill sites and pollution from their production!

Our range or products is intended to include things that we use maybe everyday without really thinking about it. Soap, lip balm, a shopping bag, or even a yoga mat which can all be produced with little if any thought or focus on their environmental impacts. These items are usually very cheap which encourages us to use them once, throw them away and buy a new one – why not, it’s only a few pence or cents!

We have designed a range of high quality goods that you will love. We use all natural ingredients and materials, sourced almost exclusively from Nepal (we hope in the near future to source EXCLUSIVELY from Nepal). These materials and ingredients are produced in rural areas, where the people growing them get paid properly. We work with these farmers throughout Nepal to produce fibres, fabrics and other ingredients as well as tailors to stitch our yoga mats and bags and shopping bags.

Our wish is that we all think a little more about where things come from, how they are produced and (equally important as all those things), where the money we pay for them goes. Buying from Khali Khutta means that your money is going towards helping sustain the livelihoods of rural Nepali people. It means that their traditional handicraft skills are being safeguarded and promoted. It also means that you’ll be receiving an awesome item that you’ll love, your friends will love and you know won’t be having a negative impact on the world in its production or disposal (it’s all biodegradable!)

Shop members

  • Dave Smith

    Owner, Designer

    I am the co-owner and co-design Khali Khutta's range and I run the UK side of management, marketing and operations.

  • Prabi Basnet

    Owner, Designer, Marketer

    I am also co-owner and co-designer of Khali Khutta's range. I run the Nepal side of things, including sourcing and production.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 13, 2017
Hi! We're Prabighya and Dave.

Welcome to our Etsy shop. Below is some info about what we do, our motivations and what Khali Khutta aims to do.

Our name, "Khali Khutta" (prounounced “Kha-lee Kho-tuh”) means Bare Foot in Nepali. We chose this name to represent our attitude to our lives and business; our “barefoot” approach allows us to know where our raw materials come from, how they are processed and who makes them. This is important to allows us to take care of our producers and the world we live in.

We work with local people and rural communities in the Himalaya to create unique, all natural, eco-friendly items that help to contribute to the livelihoods of Nepali people. All our products are hand crafted with care, right here in Nepal.


We want to create an alternative option by providing genuine, honest products with more direct links between producers and consumers. We spend time working with producers and rural communities to design our unique range of products. Our longer-term goal is for all the profit from sales to go back to rural communities in Nepal.

We maintain an awareness of our motivation for the growth and development of Khali Khutta as a business - none of our products are made with the sole motivation of profit to the business, but rather to create income for our producers and thus support rural livelihoods, traditional skills and the future of rural Nepali communities and their environment. This means that if we cannot create a product without plastic, or we cannot achieve a certain colour or shade with natural dyes, then we keep working to design that product without plastic or create that colour. If this is not possible we do not make that product or use that colour/shade.

We source almost exclusively from farmers in Nepal. Our materials are natural, cultivated organically or harvested from plants growing wild in the Himalayas.

All of our products are, and will always be, handmade in Nepal and biodegradable.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return it to us. We will happily refund the full amount (less shipping costs) upon receipt of the returned item unopened and in its original condition.

Refunds will be made as soon as possible and no later than 28 working days from receipt of returned item.

If in the rare case that an item does not arrive with you within 20 working days of it being sent or arrives damaged, please contact us quoting your order number. We will then open a dispute with the relevant mailing company. Depending upon the outcome of the dispute we will either resend the item (subject to availability) or refund the full cost (including delivery) to you, unless the mailing company claim that delivery was made and/or refuse to refund us for any other reason. In the case of damaged items, please send us photographs of the damage.
Payment
We currently only accept payments through Etsy's own secure payment system.

If this payment method is not possible for you, please contact us through our Etsy shop page and we will try to find a payment method that suits you.
Shipping
We will endeavour to send all items within 3-5 (working) days of receiving full payment.

We accept no responsibility for damage to items during postage but will open a dispute with the delivery company concerned upon receipt of notification from you.

We accept no responsibility for any import/customs costs. Any relevant customs fees etc must be met by, and are the responsibility of, the purchaser.

If the price paid for shipping is significantly less than the actual cost of shipping, the difference will be reimbursed to you upon written request, less the costs of postage materials.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please read the ingredients of any item you wish to purchase before placing an order. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our shop or any of our products, so please drop us an email!

When using our products for the first time, especially if you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you test it on a small area of skin before using it more extensively.

Some of our products contain essential oils and are not recommended for use when pregnant, breastfeeding or with some medical conditions. If unsure please consult your doctor. Essential oils should not be used by anyone under 6 years old.

All of our products are made by hand from natural ingredients/materials. As such they will vary slightly in their sizes, dimensions and colours. All photographs and dimensions presented on our shop page are indicative only.

Some of our products will deteriorate if stored inappropriately. Please keep all products out of direct sunlight and away from extremes of temperatures. Some products also contain small parts which could present a choking hazard - please keep these out of reach of babies and young children.

If you have any queries regarding any of our products, an order or a potential order, please contact us through our Etsy shop.