In 1926, Gandhi Ji was busy giving Khadi a business like alacrity. He wanted it to be on the curriculum and competitions were held, in his ashram. It was reported in Young India, that Gandhi Ji had gone on a tour of India, to see the different charkas and their production. Could they yield to sustain life? Had it been incorporated in schools? While this was the prime need, at that time, as he said, that it should have productivity. He organized spinning competitions in schools. His own yield was meager but then he was the eldest member of the ashram! About four months in a year, a farmer is idle, he has no work. He could be idle due to a dry season or lack of funds. Spinning would thereby supply the easiest and cheapest occupation; it could easily be learnt. It requires practically no outlay or capital, even an improved spinning wheel can be easily and cheaply made. In 1934-35, he expanded the idea from helping the poor individual to self-reliance of whole villages. In 1942-43 he had sessions with worker groups and village organizers to re-organize the whole program on a bigger country-wide scale. Thus Khadi was not, a mere piece of cloth but a way of life. He compared khadi to art. True art must have evidence of happiness, contentment and purity and khadi gives us all that. Spinning instills self reliance in its true essence.
Today khadi has come to the status of handmade, a product of value and pride. A symbol of our freedom struggle has donned new hats and is now in elite company and has had a makeover. The cotton yarn has been invented with new partners, to make it blend with the contemporary times example: Cotton silk or pure cotton. We were once famous for producing the lightest mulmuls. Spinning leads to weaving and dyeing in different colours and printing and embroidery. Many designers have adopted khadi as their signature line Rohit Bal, Wendel Rodriguez are leading examples. Shatika too has its heart and soul embedded in handloom. We have a large presence in the handloom silk cotton sarees. Our customers are hard core connoisseurs of handmade sarees. We have a vast repertoire of Sarees from each state of our country. We try to uplift the life of a weaver in our own fashion and remember when you buy a saree from us you make a weaver happy.
The Mantel of Textile
The young, Union Textile Minister has conquered the scene. As Ms. Smriti Irani is all set to reform the cotton khadi industry. Azadi Ke Rang has exciting connotations and is a novel way to celebrate our independence. Taking stock of her portfolio, she has come up with a novel way to mark India’s 70th Independence Day, to boost the indigenous cotton industry.
Prime Minister Modi Ji has also left no stone unturned to promote Khadi. He has appealed to the people of India to wear khadi. The initial plan to make the hand loom weavers supply to the government offices, the railways, the army, the navy, was a scheme, which has lost its sheen. Prime Minister Modi has promised to revive the promotion of Khadi. The power looms should not loom large like a dark cloud over the handloom weaver. He is forsaking a lucrative offer to maintain the dignity of the nation –then his family. The government needs to safeguard, their basic needs of self sustenance and in the land of Gandhi, we expect that much compassion! The beauty of a disarming roughness of a handwoven cotton has no parallel beauty.
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