From the Himalayan mountains to Ocean Blues – Avani to Saagari

By Malika VirdionNov. 02, 2016inEnvironment and Ecology

Written specially for Vikalp Sangam

As you take the turn around a corner  of the mountain road from Berinag and head towards Tripura Devi, the red rooftops of Avani’s campus can be seen draped over the 5 acre hillside it sits on, at an altitude of 5117 feet above sea level. We had traveled down from Munsiari, known for the traditional weaving skills of the Shauka community, and had come to meet and interact with Avani, an NGO set up in 1999. Walking through the gates, the yellow mud plastered building you first encounter is the Dyeing unit. It is a small work-shed, with dye baths and skeins of reds, blues and brown dyed spun yarn stacked on shelves. There is a pot of orange pigment being strained through a piece of white cloth – from the seeds of Annatto (Bixa orellana) procured from south India, though the tree itself is a native to Brazil. Later in the evening, Rashmi Bharati, co-founder and Director of Avani, tests the colour on a piece of art paper- its a blazing burnt sienna. But she wants to give it a local name.

A dye bath where indigo leaves are fermented

Wall painting using natural pigments

Download / Read the entire Story

Contact the author

Watch Echoes of the Earth – a video on  the work of Avani

Story Tags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: