Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Newsletter from Panchachuli U.K. A warm welcome to all our new readers, as we look forward to another season, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the exciting developments that are taking place this year.
London Exhibition at Asia House
Since October 2013 Panchachuli Women Weavers have been fully engaged with training another 300 women in Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. These women are mostly widows from the flood disaster of June 2013 when thousands of menfolk and pilgrims lost their lives. Now, a year later these women are ready to produce a range of beautiful hand loomed products in Cashmere and Lambswool.
To celebrate this we are holding a week long Exhibition in London at Asia House with a particular focus on the new venture, now called The Mandakini Women Weavers of Garwhal.
The Exhibition will be from 25th-28th November and open from 9am-6pm daily at Asia House 63 New Cavendish Street, London.
We will feature both the Panchachuli and Madakini stories and many of the designers, boutiques and larger corporations that we have collaborated with over the years. This will also be a retail event and will include the latest exclusive designs from Indian design team Thakore and Abraham, now being woven for the Exhibition. Please help to support this event by coming along if you can and buying some exclusive items for Christmas from both Panchachuli, Mandakini and some of these other inspiring and luxury retailers outlined below who have collaborated with Panchachuli UK this and past seasons.
Training started in October 2013 for another 300 women from the Kedarnath Valley after 72 hours of torrential rain left hundreds of people dead or homeless in the region in June 2013. In this disheartening scenario, the spirit of the strong, resilient and deeply religious women of the Kedar valley is beginning to emerge tentatively but resolutely. Encouraged by their sisters from Panchachuli Women Weavers Kumaon, village women like themselves, a group of women, spread across the region in six villages, are learning to revive the skills of their ancestors, which fortunately have not been lost yet with the passing of generations. Skills which, if well learnt, have the potential of developing in to a vibrant and sustainable cottage industry with women at the helm. The ancient art of spinning and weaving was brought centuries ago to the region over the high Himalayan passes from Tibet with the trade caravans. Using the Panchachuli model and infrastructure training will continue over the next year until the women are able to form their own non profit company. If you would like to help in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org