LiveSoftly

Hand Felted Wool Laptop Covers by Nepalese Artisans

Sydney, Australia | 100 Sales

LiveSoftly

Hand Felted Wool Laptop Covers by Nepalese Artisans

Sydney, Australia 100 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (24)

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Last updated on Nov 22, 2018

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Elise Slater

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About

Crafts That Change Lives

Live Softly design thoughtful product partnering designers with marginalised craft producers.

Live Softly began when a designer from Sydney, Elise Slater, left her career in fashion and trends and followed her heart to go on an adventure to India and Nepal. It was a trip that was to be full of serendipity and auspicious events, a time of great creativity that has changed her path ever since.

The name 'Live Softly' came while Elise was on retreat in India, it is a Buddhist philosophy which aims to tread as lightly on this earth as possible, to be conscious of your footprint on the world and act with mindfulness and awareness. On that first day of the Buddhist retreat Elise wrote the words 'Live Softly' on a leaf and left it on the ground for someone to find, and so Live Softly was born in to the world. (You can see that original leaf in the image above!).

That initial trip to India sparked something inside and so Elise travelled to Nepal and during an eight week Buddhist meditation retreat Elise learnt of a local crafts group who resided a few steps away...

This was no ordinary crafts group. They employed people and their families who were affected by leprosy and they set up affordable housing with free medical treatment. They rescued the suffers and families of leprosy from a life of being outcasts in their own community and through fair trade craft projects they gave these people an income and the ability to be self sufficient.

Elise's connection with the people of India and Nepal was strong, she knew she wanted to work with this amazing organisation so using her 15 years experience as a designer & trend forecaster she created her first project with the craftspeople of Nepal - these hand felted woolen laptop covers. It has been an ongoing process of collaboration and testing to design the cases and perfect the fastening and sizing - a true passion project between Elise and the makers in Nepal.

After years of manufacturing in China and designing for other people Live Softly is about returning to the source, creating a connection to where things come from and their makers. It is a dream of a life lived softly, where the provenance of products is respected, and so the idea of a disposable world becomes something of the past...

This is the start of an amazing journey for Live Softly, and one we hope you will be a part of as it continues to unfold and grow, See more at www.livesoftly.co and follow us on Instagram @livesoftly

Production partners

  • Fairtrade Nepal

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Hand made in Nepal and WFTO certified. Our Nepal partner is the Director of Fair Trade Asia and operates as a charity providing housing, medical assistance and schooling for people and their families affected by Leprosy. The purchase of one of our cases helps to create an income and independence f

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