Community-based NGO Avani integrates local skills, resources and the participation of
community members to create beautiful textiles. Brinda Gill reports.
Avani, a community-based NGO, has brought
about a change in the economic fabric of the
region by tapping the traditional textile skills of
the people while respecting their environment,
culture and social fabric. And its efforts have seen
the little known mountainous region produce
a range of beautiful stoles, mufflers, shawls,
saris, jackets, garments for men, women and
children, and home furnishings. The textiles are
handwoven with hand-spun yarns that have been
dyed using natural dyes, and their beauty has
been appreciated by textile lovers and designers
in India and abroad.