Artisans & Collaboration Partners
To promote community trade, Tikau works together with artisans and with several NGO's (non-governmental organizations) and trusts, whose input, consultancy and valuable work with sustainable community development are notable. The commitment to transparency and long-term relationships is shared by all parties.
Different regions within India have their own unique traditional handicrafts that showcase a variety of items in look, feel and design. The artisans of rural India have a long history of creating beautiful works of art using handloom, which can be found throughouti the countryside. However, industrialization and new cheaper manufacturing technologies in cities have increasingly replaced the rural cottage industry, thereby causing hardships for craftsmen and their families. Many artisans are now faced with the difficult choice of retaining their traditional forms of work, or to move to the city for alternatives. This has caused the growing loss of an exceptional set of skills and traditions that have been passed on through several generations.
Below we present some talented artisans holding and moving threads through their handlooms to create Tikau products. In this area the weavers are all within the same family. The woman makes the yarn and the man weaves. All this happens in or near the family home.
Each Tikau product is individual and one of a kind, and to be found in only limited editions. The artisan signs every item they make, thereby ensuring the individual beauty of each piece.
Artisans & Crafts
Naran weaves with the same techniques and skills that his family has mastered over seven generations. His son continues the family tradition. Together they work on their family's two looms, weaving traditional Kachchhi designs into their carpets. Naran has a newly developed passion for design. He not only wants to uphold his family's tradition but also to explore the artist within.
After working in textile factories, Damji and his brother Pachanbhai realized that their joy lies in handloom weaving, the work that has sustained their family for seven generations. Damji owns two looms. He specializes in merino wool and acrylic textiles and is known for his artistic incorporation of traditional motifs. Recently, he has begun experimenting with recycled yarns.
Virji is a handloom weaver and dyer from a weaving family that has lived and worked in Kachchh for seven generations. His carpets are woven in the traditional Sindh style using a combing technique for thickness. His son, Laljibhai works beside him on their family's two looms.
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