Khadi 40 Count
Khadi 40 Count is standard. Old khadi enthusiast love it. For them Khadi 40 count is the authentic khadi. Younger generations prefer to go for finer khadi. 55 Count of muslin which ranges from 80 Count to 400 Count.
Gram Seva Mandal
Gram Sewa Mandal which manufactures the fabric has a strong faith in empowered villages. For khadi that means indigenous seeds and organic farming for cotton. It also means processing of cotton fiber and seeds locally, ideally in villages. https://khadieurope.wordpress.com/
They have replaced their seventy year old ginning machine with a modern efficient one. Carding and sliver machines are next in the queue. the new machinery will help them support. This will benefit 300 farmers, 180 spinners and 70 weavers. They are raising funds to make this happen.
Their marketing beyond village cluster is also innovative. They rely on ethical consumers, on friends and family with similar beliefs and on building networks. It is all happening because of a dedicated team. A dedicated team with experience and knowledge.
Gram Seva Mandal was founded by Vinoba in the 1930’s. It has an organic farm, a printing machine, a khadi workshop and oil crushing unit. People working in the ashram are dedicated. They lead a communal lifestyle. The ashram is open to the idea of visitors staying with them for long or short periods.
The ashram is only a few miles away from Sevagram, where Gandhi stayed in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Vidarbh – a cotton belt
Wardha district is a part of the Vidarbh region of Maharashtra. It is a cotton growing area. Introduction of genetically modified cotton seeds has had an impact on farmers. Incomes may have improved in the short run. But there are questions about its long term impact. Indebtedness has increased, often leading to farmer suicides.