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A leading producer of quality heritage garments of Kullu Valley known for its weaving excellence and role in ensuring survival of the ancient craft.
Multiple woolen threads cut sunlight pouring in through a window in this photo taken inside the Bhuttico factory. Like the sun, wool is a cherished commodity in the snow carpeted Himalayas.
Mahender is a veteran weaver working with the Bhutti weavers co-operative society in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India and one of the few skilled enough to produce the difficult Kinnauri shawl. Yet at the age of 16, he was an unskilled youth, desperately seeking an employment to support his family.
Dimly lit by bulbs dangling at the end of insulated wires and sunlight illuminating wooden windows, a large hall echoes with a consistent tak, tak, tak song of looms at work as the skilled hands of Himachali weavers, go about their daily business of producing a crop of traditional Himachali garments.