what-is

In MATKA we create timeless, non-seasonal garments.

We use exclusively handwoven natural fibers, such as raw silk, cashmere, wool, linen, cotton, bamboo, hemp, and nettle.

We work directly with the local weavers, dyers, and tailors. This allows us to control the entire making process, in terms of working conditions, wages, and the quality of the final product.

We are actively against mass production. All our pieces are cut and sewn one by one, by our tailor Vishnu Maharjan in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Fabrics are hand dyed by Hari Dai and Gautam Mandal in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

We respect and value craftsmanship and promote conscious consumption.

In MATKA we care about people and nature.

We do not follow a strict plan, MATKA grows and evolves in an organic way.

Behind MATKA is Cecilia Portela (Santiago de Compostela, 1981) and a number of essential people who make it possible.

Since a few years ago, Cecilia spends long periods of time traveling.
This life choice allows her to see and explore the world at a slower pace.

In her travels, she does not plan or follow guides.
Her passion for textiles and traditional clothing takes her to the local markets, in the search of unique and mostly antique pieces.

In January 2014 she went to Nepal for the first time.

While visiting Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city, she discovered the roughness and thickness of handwoven raw silk.
It felt unusual and fascinating.

Meanwhile, she met Min, a wonderful, talented and very skilled tailor.

They started working together and created the first pieces for what would become MATKA.

In April 2014 she went to Nepal for the second time and made new connections with more local producers, fabric retailers and tailors.

“Production is slow, but rewarding”, she confesses.

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