Handwoven Khunn Fabric
Khunn is a colourful and rich handwoven fabric. With its intricate designs inspired by nature, it is an art form in itself. This amazing fabric used to be much in vogue before the advent of mass produced synthetic fabrics made in factories and mills.
Directly affected by this mass production, the weavers whose livelihoods depended on this handwoven art struggled to make ends meet. As a result of this, they stopped all innovation.
Ethiqana has partnered with Kale Nele (meaning Shelter for the Arts) who have taken up the mantle of breathing new life into this age old tradition They re-interpret this traditional handwoven fabric art into beautiful items of soft furnishings, home and personal accessories.
These stunning items that you see in our store are a combination of skills of the weavers and artisans. It is the skilled artisans who turn this handwoven fabric into items for everyday use. These skilled craftsmen, locally referred to as “kaarigars” are adept in precise fabric patchwork, embroidery and appliqueing.
We sincerely hope that the adoption of this wonderfully rich handwoven fabric will rejuvenate the looms of weavers in the hinterlands of the cotton belts of Karnataka. Not only this, but rekindle the pride and joy they once enjoyed. It will also encourage the kaarigars to continue honing & spreading their skills for the modern world.