If you buy 2 or more GumCha from our catalog, we will send you one complementary GumCha as a gift. (We’ll pick out a great design from the many we have in stock) Shipping is free (our standard shipping is through USPS and takes between 5 and 7 days), sales tax included, and your order will be much appreciated right now.
The GumCha4Health Project has, for several years, collected GumCha from local weavers in preparation for exporting them to the West. During that time, the project has documented many of the various design motifs being produced. Now, we have a large collection of high resolution photographs of these examples that will be published in succeeding volumes and will make up the collective portfolio.
We hope that you, American weavers, fabric designers and artists, use these this portfolio to inspire your work and help us save a tradition in handweaving and design that has provided much needed support to farming communities and families in our area for millennia.
Each family of weavers has between 6 and 10 designs they produce. Each time the weaver loads her loom the design evolves a bit, and has for generations. All together there must be over 10,000 different unique patterns and designs produced in our local area.
This will result in at least hundreds, if not thousands, of designs documented for archival use and study. After downloading your first volume of the portfolio, you will be notified as each succeeding volume is published. Each volume will be provided by the GumCha4Health Project for free for noncommercial use and you can share it with others.
In each volume of the GumCha Design Portfolio you will find high-resolution photographs of GumCha with corresponding design numbers, followed by high-resolution photographs of the individual design motifs that correspond with the design numbers. These photographs can be viewed on-screen and enlarged up to 1600% so that the designs can be easily studied.
The GumCha4Health Project is a public health and economic development partnership of two nonprofit organizations, the Rampurhat Railpar Rural and Urban Health Training Society (RUHTS) (in West Bengal, India) and the International Federation for Family Health (IFFH) (in the USA), to work with local rural weavers to produce and bring the GumCha to the American market. The partnership has established two private businesses – GumCha 4 Health, Pvt. Ltd., in Rampurhat, India, to buy, process and ship GumCha to the USA; and, GumCha4Health, LLC, in the United States to provide marketing, sales, order fulfillment and customer support.
“I got my GumChas today and I LOVE them!! The patterns, colors, and weight are perfect!! Please thank the weavers for me and let them know how much they are appreciated.”
– CB, Atlanta, Georgia
“I am so pleased to have received my order of GumCha scarves. I will be giving them as gifts to family and friends. I think your GumCha project is very imaginative, and a wonderful way to raise money for your program while helping to support local weavers.”
– SE, Washington DC
“Received our three gumchas today. Everyone is excited. They are so colorful and designed in such good taste. Have to be pleased. Furthermore, my purchase will go for such a good cause.”
– JL, Buffalo, New York
If you buy 2 or more GumCha from our catalog, we will send you one complementary GumCha as a gift. (We'll pick out a great design from the many we have in stock) Shipping is free (our standard shipping is through USPS and takes between 5 and 7 days), sales tax included, and your order will be much appreciated right now.
As an added bonus, each GumCha in your order will be accompanied by a card-sized 4-page brochure that introduces GumCha, the weavers, and the public health programs that the project supports. This is great for giving GumCha as a gift.
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