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Exhibition, Lifestyle Products, News, Textiles
Posted on December 6, 2018

Avani will be at A Hundred Hands in Cochin between 20th-23rd of December, 2018. We will be selling textiles, jackets, lifestyle products, and art supplies. This is the perfect opportunity to buy winter apparel as well as gifts for the holiday season, we hope to see you there!

Address: YWCA Fort, Cochin

Time: 11:00AM-7:00PM

Dates: 20th-23rd of December



Exhibition, Lifestyle Products, News, Textiles
Posted on December 6, 2018

Avani will have two booths at Dastkar Winter Mela 2018 in New Delhi between 14th-26th of December. One of our booths will be selling: textiles, jackets, lifestyle products, and art supplies. The other booth will be dedicated to selling home goods: thulma, chutka, throw blankets, and cushions covers. This is the perfect opportunity to buy winter apparel as well as gifts for the holiday season, we hope to see you there!

Address: Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, Anuvrat Marg, Chattarpur, New Delhi, Delhi

Time: 11:00AM-7:00PM

Dates: 14th-26th of December



TEXTILES
Natural materials, local skills, and technologies
for contemporary Products
TRADITIONAL SKILLSTRADITIONAL SKILLS
CONTEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTSCONTEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTS
FIBRES AND YARNSFIBRES AND YARNS
We began creating textiles in an effort to increase the income of very poor families while preserving their traditional craft of hand spinning and weaving. This helped create livelihood opportunities while conserving and improving a traditional craft.

The traditional textile skills of rural communities are truly unique, but due to industrial textiles and changed consumer preferences, the returns on this craft have plummeted over the years, discouraging younger generations from taking up textiles as a livelihood option. Avani has worked towards upgrading the skills, materials and tools to revive this dying traditional craft and make it a viable livelihood opportunity.

To scale up this programme, Avani organized the artisans into a cooperative named the Kumaon EarthCraft Self Reliant Cooperative in 2005, more commonly known as EarthCraft. EarthCraft’s work has involved creating contemporary products with traditional skills, natural dyes and materials like wool, silk and pashmina while introducing new color palettes and new materials like linen. EarthCraft’s range of products includes shawls, stoles, mufflers, home furnishings, in addition to garments for men, women and children. All EarthCraft’s products are hand woven and naturally dyed. Many of the yarns are hand spun.

Earthcraft markets its products under brand AVANI and the kids products under the brand GORAIYA. Earthcraft became a self sustaining business in 2009 and is now upscaling to increase its outreach.


TRADITIONAL SKILLS
For generations, the Shauka and the Bora Kuthalia communities have been involved in hand spinning and weaving of natural fibres like wool, pashmina and hemp. They traditionally use drop spindles and foot operated Bageshwari spinning wheels for spinning yarns. For weaving, pit looms and waist looms were used traditionally. Some of the traditionally made products are Tibetan sheep wool carpets and blankets, hemp fibre sacks and floor coverings.

The knowledge and use of natural dyes is also native to the Shauka community, although the colour palette of these dyes was limited to browns, yellows and pink.


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