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KHAMIR in Kachchhi (language spoken in Kachchh or Kutch area in Gujarat) means "Intrinsic Pride"

KHAMIR also is an acronym for Kachchh Heritage, Arts and Craft, Music, Information and Resources. The Crafts Resource Centre which was set up 10 Km from Bhuj in 2002, in the aftermath of the earthquake which devastated this area is, not surprisingly called, KHAMIR. The craft facility was set up to focus on the long term sustainable development of the region & 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.

KHAMIR 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. Here I found a puppy seemingly keen on the weaving activity of the hand loom artisans of KHAMIR

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