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    We Are Drooling Over These Handwoven & Organic Stoles

    Editors posted on 22 February

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    Have you read all the articles on fast fashion lately and the damage your wardrobe choices can do to your planet? The stoles made by Avani are just perfect — they will make you look like a million bucks {without cleaning your wallet out}.

    Handmade Works Of Art

    Avani is a voluntary organisation working in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, located in the middle ranges of the Central Himalayan region. It is focused on creating livelihoods for the people of this area. They are famous for the range of gorgeous stoles and shawls which last for years and years. And guess what? They are on sale right now. And they begin from as little as INR 700!

    This red lac scarf for INR 1,100 in luxurious silk and wool is hand-spun and naturally dyed in the Himalayas by women weavers. The golden green scarf also in silk and wool is a steal at INR 700.

     

    The stole in blue, yellow, and red scarf is a steal at INR 1,295 as is the brown silk and wool stole for INR 1,000. Both are hand-spun and naturally dyed in the Kumaoni Himalayas by women weavers. The former features a unique four-way design for endless styling abilities.

    You can order them here.

    A Women's Collective In The Himalayas

    This collective has revived traditional skills of natural dyeing, hand spinning and hand weaving to create livelihood for socially and economically disadvantaged families, in particular women whose husbands have migrated to urban areas and those with physical disabilities.

    We loved that they use environment-friendly innovations to generate bioenergy like a pine needle gasifier that not only gives clean and renewable electricity, it also helps to encourage biodiversity by clearing pine needles from the forest floor and thereby reducing a major fire hazard. Beside the pine needle gasifier, only solar energy is used in the various production stages of the handicrafts such as calendaring or finishing.

    For textiles, Avani uses local materials to create natural dyes and luxury fibers such as handspun Tibetan wool and wild silks. Our textile products include shawls, stoles, mufflers, jackets and saris. The natural dyes are sourced from commonly available plants, including weeds, turmeric, myrobolan, pomegranate and walnut.

    Read more about them here.

    And read up about the harm your clothes can do to the planet right here.

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