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Muktar

Mukhtar is a forty-year old craftsman who is part of a multi-craft cluster in Kashmir. He works with artisans practicing paper mache, pashmina shawl weaving, needle work, aari embroidery, wood carving, chain stitching.

In 1996 when there were a lot of political problems in Kashmir, it posed a massive challenge for Kashmiri artisans to sell their work. He shifted to Chennai to build a platform for artisans back home who lacked the network. On his quest for opportunities, he also participated in exhibitions and eventually opened a store in the city.

Pashmina shawls are his family craft and he is a master weaver.

Currently due to the imposition of Article 370, the handicraft industry in Kashmir is crippled. Especially since there are no tourists. Without demand for crafts, artists are resorting to work as labourers or starting other small businesses. Mukhtar says,” I want to help them and help protect Kashmir’s lovely handicrafts. They are an important part of our culture and traditions”.

Charakha Workshop

Charakha Workshop

Charakha Workshop

Is learning to spin your own yarn an art or a skil! While we dont know the answer to that, learning to spin yarn is definitely theraupatic. It also supports weavers who weave our fabric.

In a world consumed by consumerism, how lovely it would be if we all know where our fabric comes from! If you would like to spin yarn from cotton, wear fabric woven from your yarn, then the Charakha workshop is just the thing.

Support the weavers amd spin your own yarn!

Join us for the Charakha workshop!

Next workshop date - 28th and 29th Dec 2023

For more details WA us at 6364665722