Munsyari is among one of the far-flung blocks of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand state. It is 118 km away from district head quarter and 722 km awpageay from state capital. At present the population of Munsyari township and adjoining villages is around 9000 out of which 948 are identified among main weaver class.
Handloom cluster of Munsyari is a century old traditional craft practiced by inhabitants of the area. The inhabitants of this location did not have any other options but to take up this weaving as main occupation to earn their livelihood. Cluster area in Munsyari is mostly dominated by Bhutia and Kumauni community whose principal occupation is weaving and they referred as weaver class in the society.
At present the weavers mostly produce products like Loi, Shawl, Carpet, Chutka, Sweater, and caps. The present
weavers of the cluster claim to have learned this weaving activity from their ancestors. A unique feature of the Munsyari cluster
is that the weaving activity is practiced here only for six months and the rest six months of the year weavers spent selling the
products at tourist destinations, seasonal fairs, exhibitions and export to Tibet.