Avani Earth Craft
Perched on a mountaintop high in the Himalayas, the cooperative called Avani Earthcraft has brought employment and stability to this remote mountain region. Founded in 1997 by Rashmi Bharti and her partner, Rajnish Jain, the group is committed to cultural and environmental preservation as well as economic opportunity.
The group has created weaving centers where culturally ancient techniques are taught and products such as shawls, cushion covers and clothing are produced. Starting with raw wool and silk, members hand spin the thread, dye it with organic pigments, and then weave the thread using traditional wooden looms. They use only clean energy and organically sourced material. Their luscious textiles are truly sourced straight from the earth.