Exhibition: The Women Weavers of Garhwal
25-28 November, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, London W1G 7LP
9am - 6pm
It is possible, probably even, that you have never heard of Garhwal. But cast your mind back just over a year ago and you may remember hearing about floods that devastated parts of the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand.
The former principality of Garwhal is now a division of Uttarakhand and was home to one of the state's main attractions, the Kedarnath temple. This brought pilgrims, tourists and much needed money to the area, but the post-flood devastation has meant that this income has dramatically dropped.
Arthur & Henry wool scarves are woven by the Kumaon co-operative in an area of Uttarakhand that escaped flooding. Since 2013 this co-op has been training women from Kedarnath and Garwhal how to weave, in order to enable them to generate income.
And now they have produced a range of beautiful hand loomed products in lambswool, which are you can see (and buy) alongside an exhibition of their story at Asia House. Look forward to seeing you there.
If you can't make it to the exhibition then we'll be donating 15% of every sale of Arthur & Henry scarves throughout November & December specifically to support the Garwhal project (in addition to the price we pay for the scarves in the first place which goes to support the women in Kumaon, still a very poor area.)