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
Dates: 20th-23rd of December
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
Dates: 14th-26th of December
for contemporary Products
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.
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.