Khadi: The Entirely Handmade
Khadi refers to the entirely handmade. It is a fabric made from cotton that is hand-spun using a wooden spinning wheel and then hand woven. As it requires no electricity, the weaving of Khadi is the oldest form weaving fabric, and has been practiced on the Indian subcontinent for the last 5,000 years. Khadi is the ultimate symbol of artisanal craftsmanship as opposed to industrially manufactured goods.
As Khadi is manufactured using solely human energy, it has renewed relevance in today's world of fast fashion as a zero carbon footprint fabric, it is woven from natural, organic fibres making it 100% biodegradable. Varana's Khadi collection represents a commitment to respecting artisans, our cultural heritage and above all, the environment.
"Khadi is the sun of the village solar system" - Mahatma Gandhi, 1934. Khadi is best known as a symbol of resistance advocated by Mahatma Gandhi during India's freedom struggle. During the colonial period, the British Empire bought cotton grown in India, processed it in British mills, and then sold it as cloth to Indians at extremely high prices. Gandhi urged Indians to spin and weave their own yarn in order to be self-reliant. Furthermore, by encouraging people of high castes to weave their own fabric, Gandhi attempted to break down caste barriers.
"The spinning wheel represents to me the hope of the masses" - Mahatma Gandhi, 1926.
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Today, Khadi is spun in ashrams and monasteries, as well as in small-scale cooperatives and in people's homes. The Khadi industry empowers women to earn an income by spinning and weaving at home. As the physical structure of the cloth varies from spinner to spinner and weaver to weaver, each piece is unique, with no two meters being identical.