It is said that wool weaving has been practiced in Himachal Pradesh for 5000 years.
Located in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes linking them to the rest of the world, and remaining closed for 6 months – Kinnaur, with its upper reaches, has been an almost inaccessible land.
Our weavers mostly belong to a small village, called Kafnu in Kinnaur.
The village falls on the ancient “Silk Route” and thus the weaving in this region has been greatly influenced by the strategic location, imparting it a rich cultural heritage.
The Kinnauris have strong and varied cultural and religious beliefs, which form a harmonious melange.
The Silk Road is the most famous network of the trade route, connecting Central Asia, China, Tibet, and India.
Once it enters Himachal Pradesh, influentially it becomes the “Wool Road”.
It is along this route that the weavers of Kinnaur are found.
Their strategic location caused their weaving to be greatly influenced by the ancient trade and traffic along with it.
The weaving traditions, thus have an intertwined history.
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