Avani

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.

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Avani Silk & Wool Wraps

Avani Silk & Wool Wraps

Avani Silk & Wool Wraps


Avani wild silk and wool wraps add elegance all year round. Treat yourself -- or your best friends -- to the wonderful luxury of these wraps handwoven by women artisans of the Kumaon region of the Himalayas.

Perfect as a wrap for an evening out or as a cozy throw for an evening at home. Elegance that creates economic opportunity for women.

Avani textiles have won the UNESCO Seal of Excellence and are certified handcrafted by Craftmark.


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