Avani is working with more than 475 artisans in over 40 villages in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. Though both men and women are involved in this activity, the focus is largely on women where 85 per cent of the participants of this program are women. The artisan's collective has been registered as the Kumaon Earthcraft Self Reliant Cooperative.
Avani is a voluntary organization based in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas in northern India. Avani provides employment and educational opportunities to over 600 artisans in these remote mountain villages. The artisans use wild silk, Tibetan sheep wool and natural dyes to produce elegant, handloomed Avani textiles.