“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.
In MATKA we create timeless, seasonless garments.
We use exclusively natural fibers, such as raw silk, cashmere, wool, linen, cotton, bamboo, hemp, and nettle; most of them 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 our master tailors Lalit and Govind in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Fabrics are hand dyed by Hari Dai and Mandal brothers, Gautam and Ravi, in the Kathmandu Valley.
Buttons are hand carved and made with water buffalo bone and horn sourced in the Nepalese riverbanks.
We aim to make long-lasting 100% biodegradable garments.
We respect and value craftsmanship and promote conscious consumption.