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Petra Cristofaro fell in love with
Nepal and its people, so much so
the felt designer created Heartfelt
Australia, a design label that helps
The humble designer’s fascination
with Nepal began more than 25 years
ago when she was a keen hiker. One
year, when Petra returned from one of
her trekking adventures, she decided she
needed to do something different and
get to know the people from the land she
She joined aid agency Global Volunteer
Network, a decision that took her to
Kathmandu to work in an orphanage
where she found her niche.
“I realised the children had nothing.
They were fed, clothed and schooled but
they had no toys, no craft supplies, they
didn’t even have a football,” she said.
When she returned she raised money
for the orphanage with donations from
her friends and family.
One year later, she knew she couldn’t
keep asking her friends for money so she
decided to sell something Nepalese. She
approached a man who had a little shop
in Nepal and explained to him she would
like to sell his product in Australia.
Starting off small, Petra set up a small
table of the felted products from Nepal at
the Bus Depot Markets in Kingston five
years ago and after a “fantastic response”
Heartfelt Australia was born.
Today, Petra makes a range of felted
products, children’s clothes and toys with
four family-run businesses in Nepal that
each complete a small production run.
Although not formally trained, Petra
says that having a mother who was an
interior designer meant she has grown up
with an eye for colour.
Over the years Petra has slowly moved
away from the orphanage and chosen
instead to focus on giving local street
children money to go to school.
Despite her giving nature, the humble
designer doesn’t see herself as anybody
“I don’t want it to come across that I’m
doing such a great deed for these people,”
she said. “Everyone would do it.”
Perhaps she is right. Through her
market stall, which is now set up at the
Gorman House Markets and The Bus
Depot Markets roughly once a month
and at Handmade Markets, Petra has
received a number of generous donations.
“I had a woman ring me the other day
and said here is my credit card details,
I want you to give fifty dollars to these
kids,” she said.
These days, Petra visits Nepal twice
a year purely for business. Each trip
consists of a lot of time in the factory
going over her new designs and making
up prototypes, but Petra always finds time
to visit the children.
“I visit the children I’m putting through
school and I spend time with their
family,” she said.
As well as working and visiting the
children she supports, Petra gives money
to those she meets in need.
“If I see some mother on the street with
a sick child in her arms, I’ll just donate
money that way,” she said.
“I’d rather see somebody who is really
in need and who I think would really
benefit from a donation.”
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets,
Kingston Gorman House Markets,
Braddon and Handmade Markets,
When: Held on various dates
Phone: 6231 2546
CreatOr aNd deSIGNer: Petra Cristofaro
of Heartfelt australia.
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