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The name Alva is inspired by the noble one. At the House of Alva, we celebrate artisans who lovingly craft timeless scarves for you. Each piece is lovingly designed by our finest artisans of rare art forms. Each piece tells a story of celebration of a unique and rare artistry like block printing, hand made kantha embroidery, hand-weaving, and screen printing. By collaborating with us, the artisans and their communities have found patronage with buyers who seek exquisite and luxurious handmade scarves. 

We are are a small team of volunteers and passionate social entrepreneurs honored to offer you an ensemble of the finest handmade and handcrafted scarves, brought to life for our modern day buyers at attainable prices. Mudita Tiwari is the co-founder and heads the design process and client relationships for United States. Ekagra Priyadarshi is the co-founder and manages the production, quality control and operations for India. 

— silk kantha scarves made by The Sewing Project women artisans —

Our silk Kantha scarves are handmade lovingly by the women of The Sewing Project. We are committed to investing in women's economic well-being and financial future. Through our partnership we provide women Livelihoods, Financial Literacy and Menstrual Health and Hygiene trainingsRead the Creation Process behind our Kantha scarves here.

— hand block printed scarves made by master artisans in Bagru, Rajasthan —

Our one of a kind, block printed scarves are made by the 4th generation master block printers from Bagru, Rajasthan. You will find us spending several days and months in a year working directly with our block printing brethren, in the wilderness of Bagru. We use the finest silk cotton, natural and vegetable dyes, non-toxic pigments and over 400 year old block printing techniques from Rajasthan to produce our scarves. Read the Creation Process behind out block printed scarves here. 

— hand screen printed scarves made by master artisans Jaipur, Rajasthan —

We partner with 2nd generation artisans in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan to design our exceptionally light-weight screen printed scarves. These scarves are a homage to the royal motifs and paisleys, brilliant colors and combinations that make Rajasthan luxurious.

— luxurious woven scarves made by small-scale weaver in Amritsar, Punjab —

The fertile plains of Punjab are also famous for soft and luxurious woven wool, cashmere, silk-wool, and silk. We work directly with weaving communities in Amritsar, Punjab the land of the glorious Golden Temple. By collaborating with us, our weavers find access to global markets and an opportunity to showcase their immense talent.

Our scarves are not just must-have pieces in every fashionista's wardrobe, they are heirloom pieces for the next generation of fashion divas. Our high quality pieces will last a lifetime, so morph them into any type of scarf you want - a head scarf, a neck scarf or even a beach scarf. Be the trend - don't just follow it.