Who We Are
Khamir was set up in the aftermath of the Gujarat
earthquake in 2002 to focus on long term sustainable
development of the region. It is involved in revitalizing
Kutch handloom weaving as well as other crafts of the region
like block printing, tie-dye, lacquer, bell making, silver,
and leather work. The Centre works to enable artisans to
develop a strong business orientation, source relevant
resources, and forge creative partnerships.
Where we Work
works in the handloom sector in Kutch and has direct and
indirect impact on approximately 300 artisans.
How we Work
It has a workshop on campus comprising 6 looms and 3
artisans. The handloom weaving of Kutch is done on four
pedal weaves using supplementary and extra weft techniques.
The design vocabulary derives from the Sindh district, now
part of Pakistan. The craft uses materials like short fibre
wool, fine merino wool, thicker counts of cotton, and lately
even different kinds of silk yarns. The weaving technique
was developed in a way that enabled fabrics to keep the
wearer warm in winter and cool in summer. The craft is
unique for its ability to weave fine, stylized motifs from
coarse yarns like wool.
The manufacturing of orders is transferred to the weaver
artisan units associated with Khamir. Sampling and small
orders are produced in Khamir workshop. A dyeing facility is
also in the process of being set up. This facility will be
open to textile artisans in Kutch. The design process is a
collaborative one between the artisans and the Khamir design
team. Production capacity is about 4000 metres of fabric per
month. Customized orders can also be executed.
Our Craftmark certifications include
What we make
Cushions & Throws,