“If we have the ‘Khadi spirit’ in us, we would surround ourselves with simplicity
in every walk of life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The 'khadi spirit' means illimitable patience. For those who know anything about the production of khadi fabric know how patiently the spinners and weavers have to toil at their trade, and even so must we have patience while we are spinning 'the thread of Swaraj'.
The 'khadi spirit' means also an equally illimitable faith. Even as the spinner toiling away at the yarn he spins by itself small enough, put in the aggregate, would be enough to clothe every human being in India, so must we have illimitable faith in truth and non-violence ultimately conquering every obstacle in our way.
The 'khadi spirit' means fellow-feeling with every human being on earth. It means a complete renunciation of everything that is likely to harm our fellow creatures, and if we but cultivate that spirit among the millions of our countrymen, what a land this India of ours would be!
And the more I move about the country and the more I see the things for myself, the richer, the stronger is my faith growing in the capacity of the spinning wheel." ~ (Young India, 22- 9-1927)
What’s so special about Khadi?
Khadi is a symbol of Indian textile heritage. It is cool, comfortable and truly environment friendly. Perfect for all seasons, it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Khadi is handspun and handwoven into life. No electricity is used in it’s creation. It is a testament to the slow fashion model. Weaving of khadi greatly reduces our carbon footprint and also means we fully control the quality of our pieces.
Where does Sui’s Khadi come from?
Our khadi fabric is created in collaboration with our ethical partners- WomenWeave & Aura Herbal. WomenWeave is a charitable trust based in Maheshwar,Madhya Pradesh ,which supports the role of women in handloom weaving thus generating employment for them while keeping the art of weaving alive. The NGO also opts to dye their materials naturally as much as they can, and use organically grown crops to make their khadi fabric . One of our other fair vendors for Khadi is Aura Herbal in Ahmedabad,Gujarat. They work closely with weavers in Gujarat and craft the beautiful khadi fabric for us.
How have we used Khadi in our collection?
It is our in-house favorite fabric and we have used this fabric in our edits since October 2018: Granita, Basic-ally Sui and Wildflowers & Weaves. Every piece crafted with this fabric is unique because of the unevenness in it’s weaving,which is a characteristic of khadi fabric. Sui being a brand with comfort as key, Khadi is the perfect fit for our ethos.
How do you care for the fabric?
Khadi Cotton can be hand washed in cold water with mild soap and starched afterwards, so that the fabric remains firm. Do not bleach, do not dry clean and do not wring. Dry it in shade and use steam iron to even out the crumples.
Rediscover pride in India’s heritage, while the eco-friendly fabric is already known for its rugged texture and comfortable feel, its new-age reinterpretation as a modern yet quintessentially Indian textile has made it very appealing to millennial generation.
Khadi is more than fabric, it is a way of life.
Photo by womenweave.org