Himalaya Natural Fibre Foundation (HNFF)
Himalaya Natural Fibre Foundation (HNFF) was founded and registered in 2006 by a group of local people of Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu districts of Eastern Nepal. It is a local and non-profit organization registered in Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council. HNFF was established on the basis of the economic and social benefits of allo, the Himalayan giant nettle.
Women in Nepal are actively involved in the use and management of natural resources. Natural fibres have been collected, harvested and weaved by Nepali women for centuries. The Himalayan Natural Fibre Foundation is working to link together these micro-enterprises in order to provide these women support and guidance to become self reliant.
What is Allo?
Allo is the most important and sacred plant for Kulung community of the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal – their ancestors extracted fibre from allo and made cloth to cover their body and so the plant is deemed extremely pure and blessed, and to date remains indispensable in all rituals from birth to death ceremony.
Allo (Girardinia diversifolia, syn, G. heterophylla), also called “Sisnu” in Nepali, is a tall and rigid herb which grows wild at an altitude ranging from 1200 to 3000m in moist and fertile soil under the forests of Nepal. It’s a fibre yielding plant locally known as “Puwa” in the west and “Allo” in the east. It is a perennial robust nettle like plant with stinging hairs. Bark, young shoot, and leaves of the plant are used for fibre, vegetable and fodder.