Gopuri Sample Pack
(Price includes P & P for UK orders)
This is a representative sample pack of the Gopuri collection, made by Gram Sewa Mandal. The value chain for most products lies within a cluster of villages in Wardha district of Maharashtra. The only exception is the 80 count fabrics which are in a development stage. Some of them are currently woven in West Bengal. Eventually the weaving for the 80 count khadi will also be done at Gram Sewa Mandal.
The sample pack includes 9 swatches, each approximately 4.5 inches by 7 inches. There are 4 samples of Warli Prints on khadi and 5 of unbleached khadi. One of the unbleached samples of organic khadi.
Orders for Khadi can be made for unbleached, bleached, dyed or printed fabric.
The pack will come in a draw string bag made from unbleached khadi.
Gopuri Sample Pack
The collection is named after the village in which Gram Seva Mandal is located. The Gopuri sample pack contains four Warli Prints. Other prints are also available. The pack also has nine unbleached khadi. They are all different and can be made bleached or dyed in different colours.
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.