India & Germany, We are KAL, Weaving
We are KAL works exclusively with hand-spun and handwoven textiles. Their teams are located in three regions across India: Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh and are all home-based. Their focus is on a source to stitch concept with a transparency in the making steps. They aim to bridge the traditional with the modern and like timeless design. They work on fly shuttle looms with Eri silk, lambswool and yak wool and on backstrap looms with yak wool and sheep wool. Each year they hand-pick their wool from the nomadic community of Kharnak in Eastern Ladakh. After this, they process their wool in a natural way and only carry out the carding of the wool by machine–all at their studio and home in Ladakh. Their collections range from garments and accessories to home textiles, carpets as well as hand-spun yarn and cocoons for crafters, weavers and knitters across the globe to use in their own projects. To KAL, the value of hand-made textiles is unique and timeless and includes an entire ecosystem: the maker, the material, the tradition, the livelihood and the environment in which a textile is created.
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