Sustaining communities asunsti shawls are made predominantly by women, working co-operatively. Many have formed supportive social groups, sharing the ancient techniques and teaching new generations the skills of hand-working. asunsti opposes child labour and with its partners monitors production stringently. Reducing the carbon footprint asunsti shawls are carefully sourced, opting for traditional production methods – organic where possible, those avoiding the use of pesticides and chemicals. asunsti chooses weavers using hand-looms; power looms are fuel-hungry, and facilitate growing mechanisation, leading to the loss of core skills and the use of child labour, which asunsti firmly opposes.