- United Kingdom
- Main Contact
- Jyoti Upadhyay
- Tel: (977) 9808164349
Kaligarh’s range of handcrafted jewellery from the Himalayas.
Kaligarh was established in late 2013 by Jyoti Upadhyay. They produce their own line where they play with traditional motifs, designs and techniques from the Himalayas, crafting them into contemporary forms that exude elegance, but with a modern edge. Kaligarh creates handcrafted jewellery, working with silver, brass and goldplated metal.
Each element of their jewellery is produced in-house, including chains and clasps. Alongside their own product line they also manufacture for other brands and are open to collaborations.
Kaligarh means artisan in Nepali, and its mission is to create opportunities for craftsmen and women in the Himalayan region. Its founder, Jyoti Upadhyay, is passionate about addressing the massive social issue of labour migration, by which hundreds of thousands of men and women in Nepal risk their lives to pursue unskilled work in the Middle East (e.g. to build the World Cup 2022 venues in Qatar), often working under treacherous conditions with very little protection – all due to a lack of opportunities at home.
Kaligarh’s work in promoting and reviving ancient crafts has been recognised by high-end magazines such as Departures, Vogue India and Conde Nast Traveller.
Key to symbols (PDF, 2MB)
Ethical Focus & Policy
Kaligarh’s mission is to create opportunities for craftsmen and women in the Himalayan region.
Each of Kaligarh’s eight artisans were affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. Following this devastating event, the company was active in supporting its craftsmen to rebuild their lives.
Kaligarh is dedicated to continuing this support in the long term, through providing good incomes and dignified work for traditional artisans.
The artisan is at the centre of the organisation’s culture. Each artisan works in their home environment or from individual studios. These are spaces in which they feel comfortable, and this independence gives them a sense of dignity. Kaligarh works with the artisans on a one-to-one basis, helping them to retain a positive sense of identity.
All products are handmade. The only machinery used is to polish a finished piece of jewellery or to gold-plate. They use handmade locally sourced and locally produced materials for all their packaging – paper produced from the bark of the lokta plant, woollen felt and handwoven nettle fibre.
Kaligarh is recognised as a Fair Trade Supplier by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS).
- Kaligarh_-_Info2.pdf (PDF, 291.8 KB)
Wholesale: £5 – £150
Retail: £15 – £280
Products and services
• Kaligarh’s brand of handcrafted jewellery
Charge for the cost of the sample, but cover the cost of one-time international shipping.
Minimum order criteria
£200 for wholesale orders.
Typical Product lead times
4 – 6 weeks for wholesale orders.
Closest shipping ports
Ships worldwide by DHL. Shipping takes an average of 4 days.