Named after the woman who discovered India's first HIV case - Nirmala, these Kala Cotton table runners are handcrafted from heirloom organic cotton grown in Gujarat, India. Handwoven on traditional wooden looms by award winning weavers, they are effortless, simple yet stylish and have an earthy feel to them!
These Kala Cotton runners are handcrafted on hand-operated wooden looms, one of the oldest methods of textile production in India. The looms require no electricity or punch cards to guide the design, only skill, techinique and vision of the weavers. The yarn is made from heirloom organic cotton grown in Gujarat, India. The crop is purely rain fed so unlike large scale industrialized cotton production, it doesn't require vast amounts of water to grow. It is also organic since it needs no pesticides and has high tolerance to diseases and pests.
By choosing this handmade piece, you help preserve craftsmanship and support rural artisan communities. We truly appreciate your support.
She was the woman who discovered India's first HIV case. Sellappan Nirmala was 32 years old and was a microbiology student in Chennai at a medical college when she discovered presence of HIV Virus in Indians. This was almost 30 years ago in 1985. She not only discovered presence of HIV Virus in India but has also made the government and other NGOs serious about distribution of protection in red light areas.