Khadi -An emotion
Recently a customer asked us, “Is it ‘Khadi’? Then it must be coarse and I cannot wear it in the summers.”
This post is specifically written to address this doubt. Every query and every customer input is precious and necessary to answer.
Khadi is distinct; every bit of the cloth is filled with character and human ness. When a yarn is hand spun there is the intimacy and warmth of the spinner with the process. They do it instinctively. The skill is deep set in their being, the movement of the hand, the turning of the wrist mastered without any grand acknowledgement. What you get is the ‘yarn’ wrought with perfect imperfection just like the human who made it.
The yarn changes hands, sometimes dyed, sized with starch wound in bobbins and now presented to the weaver to create the cloth that is an explicit expression of the hands involved in the entire process.
The rhythmic beats of the shuttles trajectory, the instinctive movement of the weaver’s feet on peddles in the pit, the rise and fall of the warp, all come together to create the cloth which we call ‘Khadi’.
Now, coming back to our customer’s doubt, the thickness of the cloth is determined by the count of the cotton yarn. The higher the count, finer is the yarn. The other factor is also the grams/ meter of the woven cloth. The more the weight/ meter, heavier is the cloth. Therefore ‘Khadi’ like any other cloth, it’s thickness is determined with these factors. So, there will be varied range of khadi cloth from heavy to light used for different needs.
Khadi is a representation of the cumulative skills and efforts of artisans. Combine this with the efforts of farmers who grow the cotton and what you get is nothing short of human emotions in a tangible form.
Khadi gets its due when the wearer drapes it and becomes part of this journey. Every wash makes it softer and stronger. Every time you wear it, you stand for all those humans and their emotions.
Have you joined the movement yet? Wear Khadi.