About C&G

Our Story

Cats & Ghosts brings together high design and fair trade production to introduce Nepalese artisan handicrafts to the luxury fashion accessory marketplace. Born out of a design aesthetic that blends multiculturalism with inspirations from western art, architecture and vintage fashion, Cats & Ghosts brings these designs to market by supporting local pashmina, jewelry and textile artisans in Nepal. All of Cats & Ghosts’ products are ethically and sustainably produced including factories that are fair trade certified, natural fabrics and dyes that do not harm the environment, and materials sourced without harm to people or animals. Cats & Ghosts creates bold, contemporary design that adheres to strict quality standards of materials and craftsmanship, elevating local Nepalese handicrafts to products for discerning international fashion audiences.

Cats & Ghosts was founded by Illustrator and Designer Barsha Dahal. Although she found her print and web design work satisfying, she wanted her passion to reach into something of a more tangible and practical nature. Thus, she realized that tangible items from her culture would be the perfect canvas for her artistic work. Cats & Ghosts blends the traditional with the modern, with luxury materials that heighten ones senses of sight, smell and touch, timeless craftsmanship by Nepalese artisans, and contemporary designs.

At Cats & Ghosts, we embrace all aspects of our production and welcome you to learn all about it. Please visit Handmade in Nepal to learn more about our materials and production process.

Barsha Dahal

Barsha has spent her life immersed in three different cultures: Nepal, the Philippines and the United States. She studied illustration and design at Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She blends sensory memories of her childhood in Manila and Kathmandu with current artistic and fashion inspiration including Charles and Ray Eames, Charley Harper, Georgia O’Keefe, and Coco Chanel to create her designs. Objects from nature also inspire her work. Barsha works very closely with our manufacturers in Nepal to produce products that are of the highest quality and integrity.

“Being from Nepal but living all my adult years in the States, I wanted to combine the artisanship of the work my people do with my more western sensibilities. I have very sensory memories of my mother and my aunts in their pashmina shawls, elegantly combined with their jewelry and fanciful saris. I remember going into carpet stores in Nepal and being engulfed with the smell of the wools used, raw and earthy. I wanted to combine these sensations into my work, bringing forth a sense of my cross-cultural heritage. I want my work to carry my culture, art and integrity through me, and thus into you, as well.”

Barsha Dahal
Charlotte Dick

Charlotte Dick

Charlotte is a writer, marketer and a passionate business manager. She has managed marketing for start-up companies for over eight years and has been instrumental in moving two businesses from start-up to mid-size. She has never felt more passionate about any of her business ventures than when she joined Cats & Ghosts as a partner.

“Integrity and creativity are values that are very important to me. At Cats & Ghosts I can combine who I am with my work, so that it no longer feels like work. I feel good about the gorgeous products we are creating and the fair trade Nepalese industry we are supporting. I am proud to wear Cats & Ghosts shawls and jewelry, plus I feel beautiful, sexy and alive in such rich materials. It makes me excited to promote our company through our website, marketing and sales efforts, connect with buyers and connect with customers, because we really have something amazing to share.”

Beena Dahal

As a resident of Kathmandu, Beena maintains regular contact and relations with our manufacturers. Beena was instrumental at forming our relationship with our first supplier when in the Spring of 2013, she toured several factories and inspected their conditions:

“I was immediately impressed by the conditions of the work areas and by each step of the production process: I got to see wool being spun into yarn by hand, yarn being woven into shawls by hand, silk screens separated, and shawls dyed and screen printed using natural dyes. I got to see the carpets being carefully loomed and knotted by hand. I am proud of the quality and care of my culture’s handicraft and even more proud to see them sold in the U.S. with such beautiful designs.”

Beena Dahal

Cats & Ghosts is Now Accepting Wholesale Orders