In MATKA we create timeless, non-seasonal garments.
We use exclusively natural fibers, such as raw silk, cashmere, wool, linen, cotton, bamboo, hemp, and nettle; mostly handwoven in traditional looms.
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 one by one, by ours tailors Vishnu Maharjan and Ganesh Pariyar in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Fabrics are hand dyed by Hari Dai and Mandal brothers, Gautam and Ravi, in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
We respect and value craftsmanship and promote conscious consumption.
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 antique pieces.
In January 2014 she visited Nepal for the first time.
In 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.
Three months later, she decided to go back to Nepal to make new connections with more local producers, fabric retailers and tailors.
“Matka was born as a ‘creation platform’ not as a fashion label. I consider it a very personal project focused on provenance, materia and shape. It grows and evolves organically and it neither follows trends or the rules set by the industry, such as making pre-seasonal/seasonal collections and sales.” Founder Cecilia Portela for Exposed Zippers.
Behind MATKA is Cecilia Portela (Santiago de Compostela, 1981) and a number of essential people who make it possible.