Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Today is National Handloom Day here in India. Got me thinking a bit... it is a bit of a loaded question here. By definition your would think HANDloom meant woven by hand, wouldn't you? Well there is a very powerful lobby of powerloom weavers [ a powerloom is a room sized motorised loom which can produce at least 10 times the quantity of cloth per day] who also want to be labelled handloom. Crazy- I think so? And yet the question still persists. I personally love khadi- this is handspun and hand woven... often it has little nubs and bumps- texture. You have a feel of direct contact with the person who made it. Our workshop @the_stitching_project buys mountains of khadi and going through the parcels checking some days I feel a little of the weavers' personalities arrive as well. This one is very careful with his/her selvedge, this one was talking and pulled it too tight.... This one weaves very tight, worrying over something perhaps, this one a touch looser, probably having a conversation across the looms.... Tiny nuances that speak volumes of personality. I love khadi's association with Gandhi and the Freedom movement, it still has the power to help people gain economic freedom if you make sure you are buying original khadi from a fair source. One of India's great riches is her traditional handmade textiles- a true luxury in the modern era. Love handmade and supporting the makers and love taking our guests to meet these amazing people. Happy Handloom Day #thestitchingproject #socialenterprise #ethicalproduction #slowfashion #fairtrade #workforpeople #womensecconomicempowerment #conciousfashion #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashion #khadi #naturaldyes  #handmadeluxury #handmadeindiantextiles #faitamain #sustainable #ecofriendly #littlevignettes  #creativeartssafaris  #textilefix  #textiletravels #wanderandwonder #visitthevillage #offthebeatentrack #inspiredtravels #travelwithus #travelwithlove #meetthelocals #enjoythemoment #storiestotell


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