How did it start?
It all started with a back packing trip to Nepal in 1999. The plan was to continue to the further east, but the interest and love to this amazing country made us stay. We saw how the Nepali people used felt. We wanted to combine simple Danish design with this fantastic raw and rustic fabric, and the idea of “Én Gry & Sif” was born.
“Én” in Danish means “one – and only one”. All Én Gry & Sif products are handmade, so there is only “one” of each, since there will always be small differences in each product.
Én Gry & Sif is Danish design, but all handmade in Nepal by very skilled workers. All products are made of pure natural wool from New Zealand.
It is mostly women Én Gry & Sif support by their work, since it is shown that the women are the best to make sure that the income goes to the families.
In 2009 Én Gry & Sif got there Fair Trade certification from The World Fair Trade Organization.
The Nepali people is smiling, open minded and very friendly. The love to the Nepali people is great and will always be there.
How is the felted product being made?
All our products are handmade of 100% wool and the wool comes from New Zealand. All our products are a piece of art in itself because many man-hours and hard work are given to the product – so there is automatically a piece of soul in each product.
In fact, felt making is an ancient technique. You add warm soap water to the wool, press and rub the wool and the fibres will tighten into a felted textile material. Gradually as the fibres are tightening together we start to shape a Christmas stocking or any other item in the shape we want. If the decoration bird, heart etc. is made in more than one colour e.g. a flower, then you just add/felt this colour into it.
During the process the item is wet. When we have the item as we like it then it is being dried. Afterwards the item is ready to be decorated with embroidery, fasten flowers or pearls etc. – everything is made by hand.