Saving age-old traditions and crafts one day at a time, and showcasing them to the world is what Kuzu, the textile studio based in Gangtok, Sikkim, is focussing on. Karma Sonam Bhutia, a textile designer noticed skilled artisans trading their village life for the city. This soul-destroying act prompted her to take action and, as a result, Kuzu (meaning ‘body’ in Bhutia language) was born. The aim being to keep the traditional stories and traditions alive through the medium of beautifully woven fabrics.
All of Kuzu’s products are designed in Sikkim and created in collaboration with weavers and artisans from the marginal communities, whilst working in complete harmony with nature, using hundred percent natural yarns from India and Nepal. These beauties aren’t made in a day but it takes them in the region of 60-75 days to create a complete collection! Wondering where you can find them? Read on…
Workshops & Exhibitions
Kuzu runs workshops by collaborating with different government organisations, as well as with the Weavers Society Corporations. Please contact them for the specific details. In the coming year, you can find Kuzu exhibiting at the following events:
- IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2018
- Home Expo India 2018
- Maison & Objet 2018
Reach out to Kuzu
- Website (The website is still under development): Click here
- Address: Yangthang Building (Near Yangthang Heritage Hotel), Kazi Road, Gangtok – 737101, Sikkim
- Karma Sonam Bhutia (Designer, Owner) on: +91 9434736717 / 8371856801
- Sachin Chettri (for Production , Sales & Marketing) on: +91 7384867999 / 9810491360
There is something so ethereal, so earthy about the way yarn is woven to create these products. Bring the beauty of Sikkim into your homes. Have a peep:
There is copious amounts of history, tradition, culture, crafts, weaves and skills embedded into the homes and lives of the people of Sikkim. Kuzu has woven all this together into some phenomenal products, just perfect for your home. Tempted yet?
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’, said Gandhi and I think there is no better time than today to remember and put this into practice. Can you make a conscious effort to choose ‘handmade, handwoven’ over mass-produced? Fifty percent of the times perhaps?
Respect the craft and help these artisans make a living by using their skill…Be Notjustashopper!
All pictures: Courtesy Kuzu