In three remote villages, tucked into the Indian Himalayan mountains, members of the self-help collective called Himalayan Naari are revitalizing traditional woolen crafts. Through this regeneration of knitting and weaving practices, over 100 Naari artisans are improving their lives and strengthening local communities while creating a sustainable global business.
The women of Naari create beautiful handmade products by combining traditional techniques and natural materials with modern designs. The artisan knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation is now being shared with the world thanks to Himalayan Naari. Customers receive unique, high quality items inspired by the traditions and aesthetics of the Himalayan landscape.
For centuries women in the Himalayas have been making warm, woolen clothing to cope with the cold, mountainous climate of their homes. The artisans of Naari, having been raised in this wool-working tradition, learned knitting and weaving from their mothers. Today they are working with professional designers joining their traditional patterns and stitches with contemporary concepts to create fashionable products.
Relying on local materials, the artisans make various goods using wool in the natural colors found the region. Indian-made yarns, especially lambs’ hair, are used as well. The members of Himalayan Naari are creating an exquisite range of knitted and woven blankets, shawls, scarves, hats and other clothing items. Due to the beauty and quality of their craft, business is growing steadily and more local artisans continue to join the project.