EST WST Collective

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EST WST Collective

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Website

http://www.estwstcollective.com/

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Apparel, Bags, Accessories, Handmade

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About

About

OUR MISSION
EST WST is an expression of creativity, authenticity and concern for our global population. As a socially focused brand, we’re committed to sustainability and rural development, providing an authentic alternative to conventional fashion. Each product is crafted from natural fibers, recycled materials, and traditional handwoven textiles sourced directly from our partner weavers in rural Nepal and India. Our goal is to highlight the authenticity and creativity that persists through an increasingly fabricated world.

To minimize our carbon footprint, we’re committed to using certified organic cotton, hemp, stinging nettle (allo), and waterproof lining made from recycled plastics.

We partner with rural weavers for our handloom textiles, offering an authentic piece of culture while providing a sustainable form of income for our partner communities. Through the purchase of our products, you support the preservation of a dying craft and the livelihood of marginalized groups in Nepal and India.

Through our consumption, we create connections: consume consciously – connect globally.

OUR STORY
We’re a brother-sister team who started EST WST Collective out of the understanding that every action has an effect on the planet and its population. We recognize the potential for positive impact and envision a sustainable brand that connects consumers to artists and their culture through design.

The inspiration for EST WST began when we traveled to Nepal and India in 2010. Our parents spent 12 years in the small landlocked country, which included our early years. We fell in love with many aspects of the culture in South Asia, including the general warm-hearted nature of the people, the creativity, the calculated chaos, the pristine beauty, the chai and the tradition of weaving. We learned about the diverse cultural traditions in Nepal and the importance of the handloom industry in India. We became aware of the decline in handloom textiles and the desperate need for sustainable development in rural regions. And we connected with the next generation of students, artists and visionaries who are pushing the status quo.

Through EST WST Collective, we support the balance of preservation and modernization. We believe there can be progress without the compensation of culture.

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Sometimes I think, were I just a little rougher made, I would go altogether to the woods—to my work entirely, and solitude, a few friends, books, my dogs, all things peaceful, ready for meditation and industry—if for no other reason than to escape the heart-jamming damages and discouragements of the worlds mean spirits. But, no use. Even the most solitudinous of us is communal by habit, and indeed by commitment to the bravest of our dreams, which is to make a moral world. The whirlwind of human behavior is not to be set aside. — From ‘Winter Hours’ by #maryoliver
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Sunday adventures with our favorite little rucksack ✨
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I hope everyone had a cozy and happy holiday ✨ . Photo by @chandra.ehm . “Dinner in Turtuk, served in the shade of a Walnut tree with a view of this gentle garden and the Karakorum mountain range in the back. I chose Tsemik, a fluffy something made of buckwheat flower and darsamik, a spicy yogurt dip that was a distant cousin of Indian raita.”
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‘Tis the season of gifting! We’re including a handmade notebook with any item purchased online today. . . These little books are made with handmade paper from the Lokta plant, a shrub that grows in mountain regions in Asia, and covered with one of our favorite textiles from Nepal. #estwst
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Woven in Nepal from a blend of hemp and organic cotton, this classic unisex scarf is one of our all time faves. A light weight yet cozy addition to any wardrobe. Wednesday is the last day to order online to ensure delivery by Dec 24th. Yes, there’s still time 🙂 📷 @ameliaprotiva
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If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas, Wednesday is the last day to order online to guarantee arrival by Dec 24th. P.S. Our handwoven pouches fit perfectly in stockings, and you can even wrap something smaller inside of them 💡
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‘Tea Shop’ by @pramin.osiris . “One of the many humble people we met on this trip. We took her photo from our instant film camera and gave it to her. She was amazed to see the Polaroid film instantly turning into a photograph.” #estwst #connectglobally #nepal
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The Terai Tote & Crossbody. Made with Himalayan nettle fabric handwoven through a collaboration with weavers in a remote mountain village in Nepal. Various pockets and compartments inside for your laptop, iPad, notebook or other daily needs and lined with organic cotton. Check link in bio to watch the story of how this textile was made. 📷 @ameliaprotiva #estwst
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From the series ‘Flowermen’ by @kenhermann
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Family photo! 📷 Daydream Ikat collection 💭 Designed by us and handwoven in Southern India using 100% organic cotton. #estwst
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Recycling/table setting inspiration ♻️ Artist unknown.
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Enjoying the sun after the rain 🌞 while exploring new neighborhoods in the city with good friends, and of course this little convertible bag 🤸‍♀️
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