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Organic wool from native sheep/goat reared in the high altitude of the Gangotri landscape is the source of raw material for all products of the Budera Himalayan Craft, spearheading the value chain of craftsmanship.

Step 1: Shearing of Sheep

Shearing of wool is a skilled task and needs expertise. The removal of wool coat from sheep’s body is done with the help of solar equipped tools using the naturally available resources.

Step 2:Grading of Wool

Grade is the relative thickness of the wool fibers (fineness) but not necessarily defines the quality and type of wool. The sheep and goat rearing families of Uttarakhand are not involved in the grading process and do not segregate the wool farmed by them

Step 3: Scouring/Washing

The cut wool is thoroughly washed using manual methods. It is important to wash the wool to remove dust, dirt, grease or dried sweat. Manual methods are adopted to drying and removing waste from the wool; before it is ready to be used for weaving and knitting.

Step 4 :Carding

Carding of wool involves separating the wool fibers for spinning. It is sometimes done manually or by the use of according units/machines that can operate on solar power as well.

Step 5:Spinning through 'Takli' / Local charkha

Wrapping and twisting wool fibers together into a smooth strong, permanently twisted thread is spinning. In the cluster, families are using ‘Takli’, or the traditional Charkha for spinning. However, KVIB has introduced solar-operated Charkha at their center in Dunda.

Step 6:Dyeing

Giving these fibers colours by dyeing them in natural dyes to make different colourful products, the native weaver families in the Gangotri Landscape are activel;y engaged in dyeing fibers. The dyed fibers are then spun and filled into a beam to make yarns. These yarns are then woven together on a loom to make fine products. The ready product is then transported to different parts of the country to exhibit in handloom exhibitions and trade fairs bringing the best of traditional arts for the world.

Step 7:Knitting

Knitting is a process of using long needles to interlink or knot a series of loops made by one continuous thread. Each loop or knot connects to another one, and when enough loops have been made, the result is a flat piece of material called a woolen products like sweaters, caps, muffler, shawl, gloves etc.