On the basis of his vision, and seeking possibilities of developing special earthenware tableware, it was in Nepal that Ro Smit found the answer to all the criteria he had set.
Respect for the craft
The craft of the potter is as old as human civilisation. Despite modern influences, many communities in the valley of Kathmandu are still involved in the traditional manufacture of earthenware and, with great pleasure, still provide for their daily subsistence from behind their trusty potter’s wheels. Not cast serial products, but unique hand-crafted earthenware made in accordance with centuries-old traditions. The unique fine clay, with its characteristic colour, is extracted from the river bed in the valley of Kathmandu during the first half of June and stored in an age old manner, in order to be further processed later in the year.
On the basis of crockery which he himself designed, Ro Smit wants to make a contribution to the further development of micro enterprises in Nepal.
By developing new products, he wants to stimulate the traditional culture, feed production capacity and, supported by the World Fair Trade Organization and Fair Trade Group Nepal, help the craftsmen in the promotion of honest and sustainable trade.