CDK - A Contemporary And Eco-Friendly Clothing Line By Chandrika Aims To Preserve Traditional Bhutanese Textile

Email

Chandrika Tamang was inspired to come up with her own line of designer clothing to fill the void in the market for contemporary Bhutanese clothing.

(Source: Druksell)

 

By Dechen Dolkar | Business Bhutan

Thirty four year old Chandrika Tamang resigned from her corporate career to realise her long-cherished dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

About Chandrika Tamang

Chandrika Tamang is the founder of CDK, an eco-friendly clothing line. Inspired by nature and the environment, her designs showcase how traditional Bhutanese patterns and methods of weaving can be easily infused to create very fashionable and wearable clothing.

Chandrika has even been to India for a month’s training in fashion design. Ever since she was a child, she has been very passionate about making and designing things of her own.

After resigning from her previous job, she made and designed clothes and accessories from home to sell her products. Chandrika started her business in October 2016 and runs it from a small studio and a shop in town.

Inspiration behind Chandrika’s desire to come up with her own clothing line

She was inspired to come up with her own line of designer clothing to fill the void in the market for contemporary Bhutanese clothing.

 

Source: Sakaltimes

 

“I am also simply doing what I love most,” she said.

Chandrika works mostly with hand-woven raw silk and cotton from the local market. She also source for raw silk fabrics from India. Being committed to the cause of curbing carbon footprint, CDK only uses natural dyes and organic fabrics.

 

Source: Facebook/cdkpakhrin

 

She designs clothes and accessories and has a seamstress to help her. The accessories which she sells include hand bags, clutches, key hangers, scarves and necklaces. Her CDK products’ prices range from Nu 1,000 to Nu 30,000.

At the beginning, Chandrika had difficulty mobilising a team of skilled tailors and weavers and finance was also a major challenge. Recently, she took a loan of Nu 1mn from the Loden foundation. “It has helped me to work harder and on a bigger scale.”

Source: BBS

 

For now, things are running smoothly. Currently, she has five permanent employees and 18 daily wages weavers.

Plans in the pipeline for Chandrika

Chandrika has plans to open a home décor collection in future. She also has other business plans but she does not want to declare them right now, before they are implemented.

Her business also caters to markets in third countries through the EMS service, Bhutan Post.

“Soon we will market our products online,” she said.

In the long term, she feels that her business will help to preserve traditional Bhutanese textile.

 

This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.


Related Posts

Women In Ramthangka, Bhutan Pick Up New Languages Such As Korean...

With tourists visiting the site at all hours of the day and almost every day, the women in Ramthangka are most often...

Sep 22, 2018 15:03

Bhutanese Bakery 'Rolling Pin' Boost Sales With Social Media

Using social media, Rolling Pin's products have been selling like hot cakes.

May 09, 2018 15:12

Mama's Dream - Bhutanese Clothing Line For Children

Mama’s Dream also manufactures its entire clothing items in Bhutan, hence it helps to create various employment...

Apr 16, 2018 21:50

Home-Made Mountain Mist Soaps Well-Received in Bhutan

Mountain Mist produces three types of soap such as lemongrass, apple and lavender.

May 12, 2018 10:36

Bhutanese Artisanal Chocolates Infused With Exotic Local...

Yiga Chocolates uses unique local ingredients like chilli, sea buckthorn, cardamon, gooseberry, persimmon, walnut and...

May 03, 2018 10:12

Bhutan Soul Farmers Aims To Be A Model Of Soulful...

Bhutan Soul Farmers’ basic tenet is the sufficiency economy philosophy promulgated by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of...

Sep 24, 2018 11:24

Latest

News

Bhutan Enters ‘Preparatory Period’ Of Five Years To Graduate From Its Least Developed Countries Status

The 'preparatory period' will end on 13 December 2023.

Dec 17, 2018 09:58

Rotary Club Of Thimphu And Taichung East Donated Medical Equipment Worth Nu10.475m

Health Minister, Dechen Wangmo said that at a time when the ministry was aspiring to provide quality health services, such support would add...

Dec 14, 2018 13:08

Features

Endangered One-Horned Rhinoceros Spotted At Royal Manas National Park In Bhutan

The one-horned rhinoceros was captured multiple times in a camera trap set up for tracking tigers.

Dec 16, 2018 12:33

73 Year Old Non-Formal Education Instructor Wants To Continue Teaching In Bhutan's Remote Villages

At 73, Serchung is one of the oldest non-formal education (NFE) instructors in Bhutan today.

Dec 16, 2018 01:09

Sports

Japanese Volunteers Taught Football Skills To Some Young Monks And Hope to Reach Out To All Other Monastic Institutions In Bhutan

Held on World Children’s Day on 20 November, the programme was spearheaded by the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV).

Nov 24, 2018 06:06

Female Archer Dorji Dema Hopes To Inspire More Women To Take Up Archery In Bhutan

Dorji Dema, a mother of three is among the first women in Bhutan to play in an archery tournament.

Nov 05, 2018 08:11

Business

JICA’s Horticulture Projects Benefit Farmers In Eastern Bhutan

The Agriculture Research and Development Centre’s Deputy Chief Horticulture Officer, Sonam Gyeltshen said that according to an impact...

Dec 13, 2018 22:16

Bhutan Expects Record Low Inflation In 2018

The nine-month average inflation rate this year was recorded at 2.61 percent, the lowest figure since 2004.

Dec 09, 2018 11:47

Travel

Lhop Widows From Samtse, Bhutan Keep Their Culture Of ‘Duk Tsho Hang’ Alive

There is a thriving custom among the Lhops – women are not allowed to wear ornaments after their partners die.

Dec 08, 2018 22:08

Bhutan Received 71,417 International Visitors In 2017; Singapore, USA And Japan In Top 10 List

In 2017, Bhutan received 71,417 international visitors and the revenue earned was USD 79m, the highest arrival and revenue since 2012.

Dec 03, 2018 11:25

Lifestyle

‘The Raven Tells A Story’ – Book Dedicated To Bhutan’s 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Launched

The book was written by Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck.

Dec 17, 2018 15:47

Bhutanese Who Has Worked In New York And Singapore, Sells Artisanal Bread Via Instagram

Jamsel Tshering Gyaltshen decided to choose a future in the food industry after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New...

Dec 16, 2018 07:45

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!