As guest contributor for Ethical Hedonist – eco couturier Lucy Tammam sets off on a 6 week sourcing mission to find new luxurious fabrics, meet potential producers and try to fit in a little R&R. Follow her Indian and Nepalese adventure on Ethical Hedonist to learn a little about the life of London’s top ethical fashion designer and how she works away from the atelier.
After an exhausting 6 weeks on the road, with 2 massive bags stuffed full of samples, materials, yarns and objects of desire and inspiration, a brain just as bursting with design ideas and a new collection dying to be drawn, it was time for a little relaxation before heading home.
The eclectic, bustling city of Kathmandu is probably not the first choice for a couple of days off, but I’ve never been one for sitting on my arse.
Visits to the Monkey temple, Swayambunath and Darbur square were combined with wandering the streets of Thamel, eating dinner by the fire in great places like Pilgrims garden restaurant and drinking hot rum punch in Tom & Jerry’s (one of my old back packer favourites from the good old days – though now I sit next to the fire rather than the pool table). All this was topped off when on returning to our secret eco hotel the Kantipur Temple House, we found electric blankets and hot water bottles ready and waiting for us to curl up in bed and take the chill off. The gorgeous little room with wooden beams and a copper sink set in a beautiful traditional building was the perfect place to end our adventure.
In the morning we were treated to a spot of Yoga and meditation on the hotel’s glorious roof in the warm morning sunshine.
In the blink of an eye, we were saying goodbye to the beautiful mountains and on our way back to London. I was hugely sad to go, but cant wait to get back to my studio and start on my next adventure – The 2015 collection…..
Yours, coming home