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Why is it so important to maintain traditional
methods when making Khadi?
Hand weavers and fabric makers of India have been revered since ancient times. These skilled people are known for the intricacy of their work and this would not be possible without keeping the traditional methods of handloom and hand spun fabric.
Khadi artisans, such as the Ali family in Kiwar, Moradabad, find the khadi process extremely beneficial to their community.
Ishrat liases with his relations to discuss, dye, spin and weave our khadi requirements. He works directly with his father, who has passed his skills unto his family, who now run the family business alongside him. Ishrat and his siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins all produce khadi fabrics in the same village down the road from one another, working together to spread the workload between dying, spinning, weaving and all the little steps in between.
The whole process does not require any electrical output, making it affordable to start production and work from home, creating rural work.
This means as a family, enough Khadi fabric can be made to live comfortably without overexertion and intense labour. With Ghandi repopularising Khadi and its traditional methods, it put Indian fashion back on the map after it had been lost during Colonial times.
Khadi gives the Indian fashion industry a sense of individuality and allows these masters of their craft to create distinctive Khadi fabrics, not only an essential year round material but also an essential regular income.