Panchachuli Women Weavers of Kumaon is a development programme that facilitates economic and social independence for women in the Indian Himalayas using the traditional arts of weaving and knitting.
Panchachuli Women Weavers was created in 1997 by the vision and creativity of Mukti Datta and Dena Kaye. As president of the Danny Kaye and Silvia Fine Foundation, Dena was in India looking for a project to immerse herself in, in memory of her father Danny Kaye and his outstanding work for UNICEF. She met with Mukti Datta and together the two set about creating the training programme of the local women. Mukti had grown up in the Almora region of Kumaon and has dedicated herself to many social causes in the area. From the creation of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary to the formation of Panchachuli Women Weavers and lately the Dena Hospital in Almora, Mukti's passion has been the driving force behind these life changing projects. Mukti chose weaving as a profession for the women of Almora and today more than 800 women are involved in the co-operative.Future plans involve the establishment of further training programmes helped by friends and clients across the globe. The proceeds from sales of products is the sole source of income for the women who own and manage the enterprise.