Himalayan Weavers was set up by Patricia and Ghayur Alam in 2005 to promote environmentally friendly products from the Himalayas.
Ghayur Alam has a Ph.D from the University of Manchester, UK, in management. His interests include mountain agriculture, rural development and the use of environmentally friendly technologies. firstname.lastname@example.org
|Patricia Alam has been living in India since 1983. She taught Drama and English in the UK and the British School in Delhi before settling in Masrana. email@example.com
We have shops in Mussoorie and Dehradun. The Mussoorie shop is 8 kilometers from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road. (Phone: 09682601951). The Dehradun shop is in Rajpur Village which is on the way to Mussoorie( Phone: 0135-2733113). You can also buy directly by contacting us with product details .We are also interested in selling to wholesalers and retailers who deal with eco friendly products and practise fair trade. Please write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We produce hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws using natural dyes and Himalayan wool, eri silk and hand-spun pashmina from Ladakh. Our objectives include: produce high quality handloom products, popularize the use of environmentally friendly natural dyes and provide a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region.
Himalayan Weavers products are different:
- all products are environmentally friendly as they are made using only natural fibres and natural dyes. The dyeing is done in-house and we guarantee that our products do not contain any chemical colours. A number of naturally occurring materials are used, most of which are plants. These include madder, tesu, indigo, pomegranate, harada, henna and lac.
- A part of the yarn used by Himalayan Weavers is hand spun. This gives a very special soft feel and also provides increased employment opportunities for local people.
All the products are hand-woven.
We work with about 20 local people, 11 of whom belong to the “Bhotia” and “Shilpkar” tribal communities. These people have a long tradition of working with wool, making blankets and carpets for personal use. We began with the objective of providing greater access to market for their products. However, it was soon realized that though interesting, these products could not have a large market in urban areas; made with coarse wool, they were rough against the skin. Also, the colours and designs were very limited and did not attract fashion conscious urban buyers. This realization led to a closer involvement in designing and production activities. The emphasis has been on making the products lighter, softer and more colourful. This has been achieved by the introduction of natural dyes, better sourcing and grading of wool and introducing new product ranges and designs.
In addition to wool and eri silk products, we also make pashmina shawls, stoles and scarves.