If you googled up the word Khadi, you will be told that it’s a traditional fabric of India and differentiates itself from other handloom textiles by not only being hand woven but also being hand spun. The fabric is known for its rugged texture, comfortable feel and ability to keep people warm in winter while keeping them cool during the summer. While Khadi is usually made from cotton, it is not uncommon to find khadi silk and khadi wool also.
If you were to go beyond that and explore the history of Khadi, you begin to realize what an interesting fabric it is. Hand spinning and hand weaving have been around in India for thousands of years thus making the khadi craft a very ancient one. Records of hand spinning and hand weaving go as far back as the Indus civilization, 2800 years ago! Alexander the great discovered printed and painted cotton fabric during his invasion of India. The trade routes that he and his successors founded, introduced Indian cotton to the rest of Asia and Europe. From there on the beauty and usage of hand spun and hand woven Indian muslins, calico & chintz across Europe is well recorded.
The dark moment for Khadi came with the advent of mill-produced fabric, and a resulting decline in the art of hand spinning. Khadi owes its revival to Mahatma Gandhi. He saw its potential in creating self-reliance. This is the reason why Khadi is much more than its physical attributes of being a fabulous fabric. Khadi is synonymous with peace and self reliance. It is a thought process, which encourages self-reliance by making the most of the immediate surroundings. Given the nature of its production, it is never mass-produced. It provides employment where it is needed most while preserving an ancient textile tradition.
With this as the background and a vision to create gifts that never go out of fashion, it was only natural that the timeless beauty of this fabric should be the base for all the products in this store.
Of all the fabrics that I have worked with, none have been as versatile as Khadi. As a result I have been tempted to experiment with the products that I offer in this store. I have indulged my love of simple personalization in the range of pillow covers, wall art, table runners, placemats, tote bags & tea towels. The ease with which this fabric has adapted and enhanced my designs has been an absolute joy. I hope you enjoy them too!