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Arniko Skateboards

by Karen Day in Tech on 03 June 2009

by Laura Neilson

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Nepal seems like an unlikely source for skateboards inspired by the '70s surfing scene, but Arniko Skateboards shines a light on the Himalayan country's long-standing identity as region rich with traditional woodcarvers—an ideal production site for the socially-responsible brand with a global consumer base.

Founded two years ago by Nepalese-born Marius Arniko Arter, Arniko Skateboards is a Swiss company that works with small local enterprises to employ talented Nepalese woodcarvers. The company, which boasts the same name as a major highway in Nepal, strives to bring better working opportunities and conditions to one of the world's poorest countries, while at the same time promoting the craftsmanship of citizens.

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Currently available in nine artful styles, the boards featuring varying timbers and carvings. Ideal for urban cruising, the slalom-form base is derived from '70s surfboard models. The company also carries its own range of clothing and accessories, produced exclusively in Nepal.

Prices start at about $160. For purchasing and more information, visit the Arniko website.

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