An Avani spinner uses a drop spindle to twist yarn for weaving. Spinning and weaving natural fibers like Tibetan wool and pashmina are traditional skills in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas where Avani is based.
Avani has introduced the spinning and weaving of wild silks like eri, muga and oak tussar as well as mulberry silk in this area.
Solar powered spinning wheels have been developed that are being used by a few spinners in unelectrified villages.
Avani has also introduced frame looms with wider widths for handweaving. This has enabled a wider product range than possible on the narrower pit looms which have traditionally been used.
Our handloomed shawls and throws are made from yarns that are handspun and naturally dyed by artisans in the Kumaon Himalayas. More than 350 families of weavers, spinners and knitters work with Avani, a non-profit, community-based organization near Tripuradevi, a village in Kumaon, Uttaranchal, to develop and market their products. Avani yarns are handspun from Tibetan sheep wool, pashmina or wild silks such as tussar, eri and muga. Avani shawls, scarves and throws are pure wool, pure silk or blends of wool and silk.