About Us

Welcome to Himalayan Handmades South Africa

We are an online store selling hippie and bohemian clothing and accessories. We are dedicated to giving you the very best products from Nepal, with a focus on dependability, customer service and uniqueness.

Place your order online and we will post it to you free of charge anywhere in South Africa. 

Founded in 1992 by Stephen Forster, Himalayan Handmades has come a long way from its beginnings in a home in Pietermaritzburg. Stephen discovered a stunning range of hippie, bohemian clothing and dharma items in Nepal having crossed the Himalayas from north to south on his travels around the world.

This diverse range is either on the fringe of hippy fashion, on the edge of Bohemian freedom or in the centre of hippie-chic.

Our clothing designs are all hand crafted in Nepal, inspired by the artisans of the Kathmandu Valley and created in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Our clothing has a distinct look to it, combining Nepalese tradition with Western influence to create fashion from far away places.

We have a warehouse in Kathmandu and work directly with our manufacturers, supplying you, our customers, direct from Nepal. We try to offer something unusual compared to other alternative suppliers and are constantly creating new designs for the South African market.

When Stephen first started out, his passion for Nepal and it's people drove him to quit his day job as a lecturer at Edgewood College of Education, and gave him the impetus to turn hard work and inspiration into to a booming online store. We now serve retailers in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain and many more countries, via our International website. We adhere to fair trade practices.

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We hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

The Himalayan Handmades South Africa team
Stephen Forster, Colleen Wesley & Bianca Mustard