Many people have helped foster the success of Himalayan Naari. In particular, long term volunteers have made tremendous contributions to the organization.

Norah Gaughan

 Norah Gaughan has generously designed our recent Naari product lines. As a renown international designer, author and editor of Vogue Knitting, she brings incredible design skills to our Naari team. Norah has created our cable knits, using some of the techniques she describes in her book “Knitted Cable Sourcebook”. In her brilliance, she has also creatively adapted the traditional Aipan painting of the Kumaon region and turned their rich designs into exciting and fun hats and cowls.


The multi-media artist, Marina Powdermaker, generously left a legacy to Himalayan Naari that has enabled us to start our on-line store.  As a sister artist, Marina recognized the talent of the Naari artisans and committed to supporting their efforts.


Amanda Novotney, Danielle Dacus  and Julia Olsen served as interns for Himalayan Naari in our early years.  These dedicated young women spent months in Chakouri setting up the  program, training the leaders and working on product development. In addition, they led the Nutrition Initiative – founding Healthy HIC and coordinating the research and follow-up.

Our friends help Naari in countless ways such as: selling products at craft fairs, working on inventory, holding “Chat and Chai” parties, photographing products and supporting Naari efforts.

Naari friends in the US  include:  Alice Pell, Beate Becker, Betsy Di Prima, Carla and Dan Powdermaker, Doug Walker, Eleanor Briggs, Jack Davis, Jean Rosenthal, Jeff Williams, Joan Plastino, Jane White, Kitty Cloud, Lee Garland, Lelia Olson, Lida Stinchfield , M’lue Zahner, Monica Lehner, Patricia FortsPatrick and Ruth Powdermaker, Paul Armbrust, Paul Merrill, Ritu Budatoki, Susan Barker, Susan Hansel, Terry Reeves, Tricia Bendik, David Goldstein, Ann Halvorsen, Loretta and Peter Menkes, Kathleen and David Koepele, Dinah Simonini, Cathy Arnst and Jay Hardikar.

We are especially grateful to our Indian friends and supporters Anish MangalGirish Chimyal, Manvee Vaid, Pradeep Nagarkoti, Prakash Karki, Raj Kumar, Tarun Mahara and Thakur Ajay Sisodiya.

Our sincere thanks to Deepti Asthana (, Diba Siddiqi and Mamta Takuli for permitting us to use their photographs.