Who We Are
WHO WE ARE
Our story began in the rural farmlands of Cambodia where a local lady decided to take action in her community. Farmers were not only living in poverty, but also in a toxic environment. This woman noticed that pesticides and solid waste used for the growing and shipping of cement, fish feed and other products were piling up and not being disposed of properly. She began purchasing the discarded materials from the communities and recycling it. She then employed local families to wash, dry and sew the materials into durable, water resistant and colorful tote bags.
In 2009, while visiting a night market in Cambodia, Nyla Jano noticed the recycled materials and met the wonderful Cambodian woman. They discussed the opportunity for Nyla to design her own products which, the artisans would then produce in the comfort of their communities. Upon learning the backstory of the artisans and the recycled materials, Nyla became inspired to create TORRAIN; a company that contributes to Cambodian artisans’ well being while encouraging style with a global conscience.
Since the onset of TORRAIN, Nyla has found an eye for materials all over the globe and has expanded the production process. TORRAIN now sources and gathers materials from countries like South Africa, Morocco and the US and works with local sewers in the Pacific Northwest as well as artisans in Cambodia to finish the process. TORRAIN is dedicated to providing quality, sustainable products and to fostering communities worldwide.
TERRAIN + TO RAIN = TORRAIN
The name is a combination of the word Terrain and the phrase, To Rain. When rain falls, the earth is fruitful. Just as in life, progress usually happens in light of a fall. TORRAIN symbolizes this rise and fall by recycling old hazardous materials into new, vibrant products.
Even more, TORRAIN’s products are used for traveling which, encourages people to respect our globe, to preserve it and hopefully, to recycle.