Namaste and Welcome!
Thanks for dropping by! We hope you love our clothing and accessories for men and women, all created in Nepal with our Surya ☀️ point of difference. We are lucky enough to be based in beautiful Jervis Bay and work from home there. We thank you all for supporting small business ... both in Australia and Nepal ❤️
Meet Yo and Mel
We are Mel and Yo, the founders of Surya. We began Surya after travelling throughout Nepal during an extended stay in 2008. We had left the security of our long-term jobs, and spent one year backpacking around Bali, India and Nepal. Yes, a teeny, tiny little bit late to be having a 'gap year' at the age of 30, but well ... we did it anyway.
Drawing on backgrounds in eco tourism and hand crafted design, we were hugely impressed by all the amazing fibres we were seeing on the streets of Kathmandu; hemp, stinging nettle, banana silk, beautiful organic and brushed cottons ... and we wondered why nobody was crafting pieces from them yet in Australia. So we dove in and did it ourselves.
We began our collection with a just a few simple designs and focused on unique fibres and our eco dying options. We may have only had one or two great sellers, but that was enough to get us started and wanting more.
Making a Difference
It became pretty obvious to us pretty quickly that the more Surya grew, the more readily there was food on the tables in local Nepali households.
This inspired us to reach greater heights and delve into wholesale and trade events, a website, more and more National events, now with two home made set ups. We opened a store, which we still supply to this day. The more we sold the more we ordered.
When people have regular, well paid employment they have the ability to not only affect their own lives and well being, but are able to contribute to the economy of the entire local community. They can support the vegetable sellers, buy school books for the children, new clothes and shoes, and eventually a house or vehicle.
"Ethical trade benefits the entire community through the empowerment of cottage industry producers" ... Yo and Mel
The Creation of our Clothing