About the Producer: KTS
Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS) produces high-quality knitted fashion garments and personal accessories as well as home accessories. These textiles are entirely made from wool, cotton, and other natural fibers, such as banana and ‘allo’ fibers.
KTS is an educational and vocational training centre based in Kathmandu, Nepal, employing over 2,000 artisans who produce a collection of hand knitted and embroidered cardigans, jumpers, hats, gloves and scarves for People Tree. Artisans are mostly women who work part-time for People Tree and can look after their children at the same time.
KTS was initially established to assist the local Pode community of street sweepers - as a caste of untouchables, these people had been denied education and employment opportunities.
In 1984, KTS opened a primary school and introduced a carpet-weaving training programme for adults. The KTS organisation today encompasses a free nursery and primary school for 250 children and offers welfare and education for up to 25 orphan/semi-orphan children in their orphanage. KTS provides vocational training for women and young men in carpet weaving, hand knitting and carpentry. KTS supports Fair Trade income-generating programmes for its producers through the sale of high-quality Fair Trade carpets, knitwear and furniture, which fund and sustain the KTS activities. KTS also runs a day-care centre, for the children of trainees, producers and staff.