Avani is a voluntary organization working in the middle ranges of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal innorthern India.
Established in 1997 as the Kumaon branch of the Social Work and Research Center, also known as the Barefoot College, Avani was formally registered in 1999 as an independent organization operating with these "barefoot" principles of community-based, sustainable development.
Avani aims at the creation of village-based livelihood opportunities utilizing appropriate
technologies like solar energy for household lighting systems, rain water harvesting systems for drinking
water, eco-friendly initiatives such as organic farming and environmental education, and the introduction of seri-culture for production of wild silk yarns and textiles.
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UNESCO Seal of Excellence
Handloomed from naturally dyed, handspun yarns, Avani shawls have received the UNESCO Seal of Excellence in 2006 and 2007.