ABOUT US, OUR COMMITMENT AND OUR VALUES
Mr Ansari Zahir comes from a family of textile manufacturers in New Delhi. After graduating from the University of New Delhi with a degree in textile engineering, Mr. Ansari left the Indian capital. He started his career as a quality manager in international Indian textile companies. He worked in cities such as Bangalore and Indore in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Colombo in Sri Lanka, before coming to Lyon.
And it is here that he will meet Sarah. Italian-Canadian, with a British mother and an Italian father, Sarah grew up near Venice. Sensitive to multiculturalism, thanks in part to her family's eclecticism, Sarah loves languages, is fascinated by distant cultures and loves the Italian Renaissance. From an early age, she developed a deep desire to discover the world. India in particular has always fascinated her. This passion was passed on by her maternal grandfather, who spent several years in Rajasthan in the service of the British Crown. Having opted for a career in the luxury hotel industry, Sarah travelled the world before discovering Lyon in 2001. Her meeting with Zahir led her to settle permanently in the city of Gaul in 2002.
Based on their mutual professional experiences, Sarah and Zahir founded Ansari Cachemire in 2013. Aware of the tremendous sensitivity of the people of Lyon for textile crafts, they opened their shop in the heart of Lyon in 2014.
WHAT DRIVES THEM
First and foremost, the desire to promote the know-how of the craftsmen of the Kashmir valley. And more particularly, their talent in the making of stoles and shawls in real pashmina. A natural fibre whose true origins are still often unknown. By collaborating exclusively with three families of craftsmen from Srinagar, in Indian Kashmir, and Kathmandu in Nepal, Sarah and Zahir are supporting the crafts of these regions. The emphasis is placed on respect for human beings, as well as on maintaining a sustainable, fair and supportive dynamic.
Ansari Cachemire honours the know-how of the Nomadic Shepherds of Ladakh as well as the craftsmen of the Kashmir Valley, specialists in the precious and rare Pashmina fibre.
Our house collaborates closely with two families of Artisans, whose workshops are located in the city of Srinagar, capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India.
Women and men who passionately perpetuate the tradition of their ancestors, concerned about a job well done, the transmission to future generations and the preservation of heritage.
In September 2017 the Ansari house receives the accreditation from
« THE ASPEN INSTITUTE ALLIANCE
a non-profit association sponsored by Hillary Clinton, which works for the development of craft businesses around the world.
OUR SOCIAL COMMITMENT
Since June 2018 Ansari Cachemire has been providing regular financial support for the schooling of the poorest children in Ladakh. Thus, through the association
FRANCE HIMALAYA TIERS MONDE
our house participates in the school fees of the Lamdon Jamyang Primary School, inaugurated in Khalsi (Ladakh) by the Dalai Lama in 2010.