Two Ply Khadi
(Price includes P & P)
Seed to fabric – it all happens within a cluster of villages in Wardha district of Maharashtra. the cotton is ginned, carded and converted into slivers at Gram Seva Mandal. It is the hand spun and hand woven locally.
The seed is also processed locally to make cotton seed oil and cattle feed.
Width: 40 inches – Count: 80 – GSM: 120 on average
Weave: 2 ply
The fabric be bleached white. It can also be hand block printed or dyed in colour and pattern of choice.
Currently this fabric is only available through an enquiry, the price is just an indication and may vary based on the specifics of your order. If you wish to make an enquiry please do so by pressing the button above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Two Ply Khadi
Two Ply Khadi is popularly known as do suti in India. It is better sited for colder climates than the one ply – depending on the use. It also tends to be stronger and more durable than single ply. it also has a more authentic look.
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.