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KULLU KARISHMA

A family managed weaving outfit into producing a creative range of trendy woolen garments for fashion designers, businesses and individuals as per specifications or custom order.

Community Member since 2015

EXPLORE THE STORY

A family managed weaving outfit into creating casual and comfortable woolens as well as trendy fabrics for display in exhibitions, selective outlets or for clients as per specifications, Kullu Karishma begun its journey in the year 1991 from within a small shed that hugged a corner of its now three story production facility with a mission to make use of only natural fibers, wool and vegetable dyes for its creations, and support the livelihood of local talent.

SEE CURRENT DEALS AND OFFERS

There are no current deals and offers from Kullu Karishma. However individuals looking to buy Kullu Karishma products at factory prices can visit the factory outlet at Shamshi to make their pick from an existing range.

EXPLORE THE FAMILY.

Principal founder and owner: A former scientist associated with animal genetics, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel founded Kullu Karishma in 1991 after having gained a deep familiarity with natural wool and its various methods of treatment managing his own rabbit farm in Mohal, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India, and as an extension to utilize the natural product for creating casual and trendy woolens by involving the participation of local weavers. He spend a considerable part of a decade learning the intricate details of garment production right on the job as his venture gradually expanded in the early years and spearheaded it to its present day form. Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel is also a strong advocate for the welfare of local Himachali weavers and their craft as well as associated with the non profit group, Foundation of Ecological Security in its Rainfed Live Stock Network.

Kanta Singh Chandel: Wife to Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel, Kanta has been intimately associated with Kullu Karishma right from its inception in 1991 inside a small shed that occupied a small corner of its three story production facility. Since the initial years of the outfit, she has assisted her husband, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel in growing the venture over the years, alongside her household chores, by looking after its general management and production side by side and specially when exhibitions and tours took him to different parts of the country. Presently, Kanta oversees the weaving and knitting process that is largely undertaken by the local women of the valley, and is also the signatory head of Mahabai Excursions – an adventure outfit started by her son, Kartik Chandel.

Kanishk Chadel: A second generation Chandel involved with woolcraft, Kanishk looks after Kullu Karishma’s marketing activities. He is also owner of his own independent weaving unit and divides time and energy to accommodate the demands of both enterprises.

Kartik Chadel: Another second generation Chandel involved with woolcraft, Karkit too invests substantial hours managing and supervising Kullu Karishma’s marketing and production activities alongside his brother Kanishk. He is also into adventure tourism and marketing director of Mahabali Excursions – an outfit that sprouted out of his love for mountaineering and countryside exploration.

FUN FACT

The name Kullu Karishma literally means the “Wonder of Kullu” – a name that reflects its passion for creating an assorted range of creative woolen garments and fabrics from natural materials by utilizing the skills of Himachali artisans. As well as signifies its base of operations, that is the Kullu Valley.

EXPLORE WOOL AND FIBERS USED BY KULLU KARISHMA

Strict about using only nature based constituents for its creative collection of woolens and fabrics, Kullu Karishma makes predominant use of vegetable dyes, fibers and wool only. Which it procures in the raw state either from handpicked farms or its own farm, then subjects to a lengthy and arduous treatment process for transforming it into fine threads suitable for its hand knitted, crochet or loom woven range of garments. The outfit makes use of both pure wool as well as blends. Types of wool used till date include Angora, Merino, Common Sheep, Pashmina (displayed in the photo) and Yak wool.  For fabrics Kullu Karishma relies extensively on cotton, Tushar or Eri silk. Another strict area of focus is its use of vegetable dyes and it creates inside its own production facility.

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FUN FACT

The principal founder of Kullu Karishma, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel is a strong advocate for the welfare of Himachali weavers and their art. Along with Satya Prakash Thakur (present chairman, Bhuttico) and Bhram Sawroop Thakur (former managing director, Bhuttico), Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel was instrumental in patenting Kullvi products for the benefit of all weavers in the valley.

EXPLORE PRODUCTS BY KULLU KARISHMA

Kullu Karishma divides its resources and concentration in displaying its own collections in exhibitions and catering to the business to business segment with products that are created as per client specification or custom order. The outfit's specialization is loom woven, crochet or hand kitted woolens that allows it to employ local weavers as a part of its mission to  address the welfare of Himachali artisans and improve their livelihood – a mission that it incorporated into its fold in 1991. The typical range of woolens that reveal the outfit's evolving specialization include its casual and comfortable collection of sweaters, leg warmers, caps, mufflers, gloves, jackets, ponchos and other apparels of its sort. As well as shawls, stoles and a variety of fabrics made out of cotton, Tussar or Eri silk.

BROWSE THE RANGE

Kullu Karishma's passion for utilizing natural materials such as wool and fibers can be seen in its vast range of creations specially in the knitted genres of cable knitted sweaters made out of Angora, Pashmina, Merino wool or their blends.

Socks from Kullu Karishma come in earthen hues for bright geometrical shades made out of natural wool such as Angora, Pashimina, Merino or Yak wool. Like its other garments the design of the socks can be customized.

Instead of producing local Kullvi products such as the Kullu cap, Kullu Karishma has predominantly focused on trendy and comfortable garments made out of soft wool such as its collection of caps that ranges from Toques and skull huggers to Berets.

FUN FACT

Kullu Karishma extensively makes use of local vegetable dyes instead of chemical dyes. Which it produces in its own production facility.

EXPLORE OUTLETS AND SHOWROOMS.

As a creative producer of woolens that till date has largely preferred to display its own collections in exhibitions or selective outlets and cater custom designed orders specifically for clients, Kullu Karishma currently does not own a retail outlet or showroom under its own brand name. However, its products can be availed with the below mentioned selective retail outlets in India as well as at its production facility at 42, Shamshi, Industrial Area where it normally keeps a small collection for walk in visitors. Customers visiting Kullu Karishma's production center can not only explore its day to day operations but also choose products and fabrics as per their preference or ask for unique custom made designs.

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FUN FACT

While Kullu Karishma is possibly the only weaving outfit in Kullu Valley that does not take to producing traditional Kullvi garments. It has since its inception hired local talent, specially women, as a part of its mission to support welfare of local artisans and help them bring in a livelihood.

EXPLORE PRODUCTION

With the aim of maintaining the quality of its creations and offering clients the advantage of a complete package including time bound delivery, Kullu Karishma has over the years procured its own equipment that allows the outfit to exercise absolute control over every step of the production process involving the creation of vegetables dyes, treatment of wool and fibers, as well as when it comes to the knitting and weaving. Currently, besides a robust stock of Himachali handlooms, hand spinning wheels, drop spindles, a Bradford spinning wheel, and other similar feet operated spinning machines, the outfit's three story production facility boasts of a hydro extractor (up in the photo), a carding machine, an advanced washer, a Gilling machine and a modern dye creating machine, among other equipment.

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FUN FACT

Designs once created by Kullu Karishma for individual customers and clients are not replicated or marketed elsewhere. A reason why its in-house stock varies from season to season.

EXPLORE THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KULLU KARISHMA.

Taking a break within their work area, a trio of women sit down for lunch at the Kullu Karishma production facility. For all its weaving and knitting purposes Kullu Karishma largely employs local talent particularly women. In recent years the outfits workforce has increased with its introduction of production equipment.

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FUN FACT

Kullu Karishma is in essence a creative woolen center that experiments and continuously introduces new designs.

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Hand spinning (in the photo) constitutes an essential component of Kullu Karishma's creative process. The outfit hires and trains both local men and women for the tasks before allowing them to operate the equipment under supervision.

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FUN FACT

Kullu Karishma actually sprouted from a rabbit farm, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel owned. And in its initial days was located inside a small shed.

TIME IN ORBIT

Since its inception in 1991 Kullu Karishma has traversed a path that has often been difficult and sort of a hurdle race. Starting off inside a small shed and aided by a feedback from Daskar, a non profit organization into helping outfits and groups dabbling in handmade products, the outfit has experimented, refined and changed itself continuously over its two decades of existence to build up its clientele and attract customers to its range of garments.  One that reflects in its present day equipment, production methods and clientele that over the years has seen fashion designers, exclusive shops, businesses as well as individual customers and exports to offshore countries like Sweden, Australia and England.

SPAN: 1987-2017

1987
Kullu Karishma's origins can be traced back to a Angora rabbit farm, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel had started after his retirement from the post of a scientist with the Government of India – to supply Angora wool to producers.

1989
Two years later as the demand for Angora wool had dropped gradually and eventually ceased, Dr. Kamal Kishore had begun to explore alternative ways to continue his passion for wool and his rabbit farm.

1991
The reason why in 1991, Dr. Kamal Kishore had ultimately decided to start his own weaving outfit by the name of Kullu Karishma. The first batch of products to come out had all been made from Angora wool.

1992
Within the next 12 months  and having gained a bit of experience of the market, production and costs, Dr. Kamal Kishore Chandel had finalized the range of garments Kullu Karishma was to produce and  incorporated into the outfit's mission the element of hiring local talent with the additional aim of providing them with livelihood.

1993
Aided by Daskar, a non profit organization working for the benefit of small industries dabbling in hand crafted products, Kullu Karishma participated in its first exhibition and with the advice and feedback it received from the non profit organization, refined its working and products.

1996
With its future looking promising and having gained five years of experience in wool craft, Kullu Karishma was registered as an official company located at 42 Industrial Area, Shamshi, Kullu Valley, Himahal Pradesh, India. In 1996 also, a chance visit by a wool and knitting specialist from England, led the outfit to incorporate the method of designer yarn spinning.

2009
Kullu Karishma begun expanding its premise starting the construction of its present day building. In the interim years leading to the construction of its production facility, the outfit had gradually begun dividing its concentration between displaying its creations in exhibitions and providing woolens to clients as per specifications – a duration in which the outfit supplied its collections to fashion designers and off shore clients in Australia, England and Sweden.

2017
In 2017 Kullu Karishma's production facility boasts of state of the art equipment for wool and fiber processing within a three story production center with a large workforce daily involved in producing a range of products.

CONTACT.

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Kullu Karishma is a registered company located at 42, Industrial Area, Shamshi, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India. A premises that encompasses both its headoffice and production facility. Email: kullukarishma@gmail.com. Mobile: 09418060572. Website: Kullu Karishma.com

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