Vimor Handloom Foundation, a brainchild of Vimor,
was set up in 2004 with a vision
To preserve our handmade textile heritage, by empowering weavers through revival and design intervention
To provide sustainable livelihood to those involved in the handloom industry through mentorship
To add value to the existing knowledge bank, educate the common man on our handloom textile inheritance, and conduct research and documentation
The Founder & The Foundation
Vimor was started in 1974 by Mrs. Chimy Nanjappa and Pavithra Muddaya. Since its inception, Vimor has dedicated itself to reviving, innovating and documenting traditional handloom saree motifs and their techniques. It has preserved oral history by relying on and gaining from age-old stories told by veteran master weavers who are literally the knowledge banks of today.
In the past 45 years, Vimor has had tremendous success in training several weavers to produce traditional, marketable sarees. Weavers were given hand-holding support through mentorship, design intervention and colour aesthetics, financial credit assistance and also the strength, dignity and confidence to grow. As envisioned, he was thus able to move from being a weaver to a master weaver and produce more sarees, gradually becoming an entrepreneur in his own right, independent of Vimor.
As the world faces one of its most crippling health and economic crises, Vimor Handloom Foundation aims to reach out and lend support to its extended weaver family who desperately need our help.
A three-pronged approach is what will keep them afloat for now.
Survival: by providing day to day rations so they have enough food to get by each day ( pic of rations being handed out)
Security: to ensure that they have access to enough raw material like yarn and dyes to carry on with their work in these uncertain times.
Skill Upgradation: by continuing our work in this area to empower them with a sustainable and dignified livelihood despite the unprecedented challenges of these times and the uncertainty of the future.
Currently we have moved from 4 to 12 centers who have distributed ration bags supporting almost 280 families in the 1st month, 518 in May and many individual senior weavers.
Your donations to the Vimor Handloom Foundation will go towards:
- Rations – Rice, Pulses, Oil and Wheat
- Raw materials – Yarn, Threads and Fabric
- Design Intervention
The cost for helping these 4 groups of weavers and artisans (200 people for the next 3 months) will work out to be a minimum of ₹6,00,000.