AVAL, meaning ‘she’ or ‘her’ in Tamil, is a brand made by women for the benefit of women. It is a social enterprise that has come into life with the help of Auroville Village Action Group. Under AVAL, women from different villages are mobilised and trained in advanced tailoring, crocheting and enterprise development to enhance their skills and provide them with Opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.
At AVAL, rural women meet contemporary urban designers from Bombay to France. Together, they use the platform AVAG provides to birth aesthetics for the progressive and conscious consumer. AVAL products are thoughtfully designed and carefully stitched by a collaboration of women dedicated to the cause of self-empowerment.They are born in a workshop that does not discriminate on caste or class-basis but puts the aspirations of women in the focus of its work. AVAL is a brand for the aware, sensitive and tasteful woman who aspires for beauty both within and out.
Is to empower female artisans from the rural villages of India and to approach fashion in an integral and transparent way that considers both, people and the planet. We are dedicated to ethical & sustainable practices and to create conscious, high quality fashion designs that are built to last.
The main aim of this programme is to enhance the quality of life of rural women through increased knowledge and skill training.
The fabric we use in AVAL is consciously chosen to reflect the rich cultural traditions of India. Our passion for local fabrics takes us to different places in India and we use fabrics
like Kanchi Cotton, Kalamkari, Ikat and hand block printed cotton from Jaipur. The textile villages showed the flow of the fabric’s life; with elderly women winding bobbins in their
verandas, wives tying up warp on wooden frames while their husbands wove the wefts into the fabric.
Today machine looms have replaced much of this handicraft as the local artisans struggle to preserve their artistic traditions. As AVAL stands for fusion, we also use other indigenous fabrics such as Khadi and Linen to complete our range.
At AVAL, each product is handcrafted and shaped with love and devotion to the cause of self-determination and empowerment. Working with contemporary designers from all over the world makes
the products at AVAL unique and outstanding.
Aval follows the key principle of ethical fashion and fair trade. Each product is carefully crafted by keeping the environment in mind. The profits earned support development initiatives for the enterprise and provides a meaningful and sustainable livelihood to the women members.