TheCharkha

Symbol of Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi

Bikaner, India | 411 Sales

TheCharkha

Symbol of Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi

Bikaner, India 411 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (141)

Announcement   Welcome to TheCharkha, Symbol of Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. This is an online shop for our social enterprise Khadi Ashram. Explore with us the world of textile crafts in the forms of wonderful products in Khadi, Handlooms and Handicrafts. They are hidden in the countryside of India in the homes of traditional artisans and which are badly disappearing from there, due to cultural crisis of the present world.
Follow us on following social media links:

https://youtu.be/0fVvFlSPlPY
www.Facebook.com/KhadiAshram
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www.khadiashram.wordpress.com

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Last updated on Sep 2, 2017

Welcome to TheCharkha, Symbol of Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. This is an online shop for our social enterprise Khadi Ashram. Explore with us the world of textile crafts in the forms of wonderful products in Khadi, Handlooms and Handicrafts. They are hidden in the countryside of India in the homes of traditional artisans and which are badly disappearing from there, due to cultural crisis of the present world.
Follow us on following social media links:

https://youtu.be/0fVvFlSPlPY
www.Facebook.com/KhadiAshram
https://www.instagram.com/khadi_ashram/
www.khadiashram.wordpress.com

Ashok Bishnoi

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Ashok Bishnoi

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About

The Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi has caught me for life.

I have had a passion for rural way of life as well as rural crafty handmade things since my childhood, as I spent my childhood in a village. I came to city for study at the age of 10 and stood confused when the time came for choosing a career because I could not go with the pace of city life. Just hanging around locally, I found some beautiful hand embroidered cushion covers which were made by rural women in a village 100 kms. away from my city Bikaner. It touched my inner thrust for something very genuine and I choose to go for it. Later on, I came to know about Mahatma Gandhi and his ideology of Khadi and village industries, and the charkha (spinning wheel) being a symbol of this. Since then I have been reading him and now at the age of 32, I try to live his khadi ideology for the rest of my life. I have formed a society here at Bikaner, with the women artisans of hand embroidery, women hand spinners and men weavers of Khadi. We make all textile products in Khadi, Handlooms and Handicrafts in cotton as well as wool. All our items are true representaion of folk craft, culture, art and traditions, of Rajasthan and have the Khadi ideology behind them.. We are 15 members associated as HASTSHILP, A Society for Handicrafts and have "TheCharkha" as our brand name. We have two shops in Bikaner and one online shop at Etsy for selling our products.

Story of The Charkha
The Charkha (spinning wheel) is a very familiar, commonly found thing in every house in India and it says a story which is of the time of pre-industrialization. Charkha had a very important place in Indian culture at that time. It represents the rural culture in which the people had producing power with them. They used to manufacture and distribute the things which are essential for life, in their own houses. For example cloth was one of the basic needs. They would run Charkha in every house for spinning threads by hand and then hand weave cloth by their own. By this way, being a source of employment and self reliance for every one in a village, the Charkha had a central place in rural economy. This was a powerful rural culture with great virtues of brotherhood, love, incredible traditions, sports & playing, lots of free time to spend together, social system of resolving disputes and check on bad behavior & crimes, a system of using natural resources and recycling them. Though having some evils like superstitions and bad rituals this culture was the God facing one, of which India put an example in the world. We lost this culture of God and have become the victim of the industrial culture of devil in which we live today.

“Industrialization is a dire curse which has given few the power to ride the back of many, and there is men’s greed behind it” was invented and said by M.K. Gandhi. For non-violent resistance of industrialization, he introduced the philosophy of Charkha and that’s why his name is permanently associated with it. The Charkha is a symbol of that old rural culture, its philosophy and beautiful handicrafts which are now taking their last breaths in the villages of India.

We are against industrialization and its fast going culture, which is making common man powerless by increasing unemployment, centralization of the power of production by machines, ruining environment, confusing and taking us away from God, and have an alternative of the rural culture to this. The Charkha is an attempt to live, support and revive the rural culture and invite all of you to be the part of this campaign to do the good of our own.

Shop members

  • Ashok Bishnoi

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Founder

    I have had a passion for rural way of life as well as rural crafty handmade things since my childhood, as I spent my childhood in a village. I believe and follow the Khadi ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, and The Charkha is symbol of this.

  • Mrs. Tari Devi

    Maker, Designer, Hand Embroidery Artisan

    Mrs. Tari Devi is an excellent artisan of hand embroidery craft called "Bharat" in her local language and inherited by her through the generations. She belongs to the folk -Meghwals in India and lives in Pugal near Bikaner on India-Pakistan border.

  • Mrs. Dheli Devi

    Maker, Designer, Hand Embroidery Artisan

    Mrs. Dheli Devi is an extra ordinary artisan of hand embroidery craft known as "Bharat" in her own mother tongue. This is a traditional craft of the folk Meghwals, the refugees from Pakistan in India. Dheli belongs to this folk.

  • Mrs. Padma Devi

    Maker, Khadi Hand Spinner

    Mrs. Padma devi is a traditional khadi spinner from the folk- Meghwals, from village Raiser in Bikaner. She spins marino wool on the Charkha (spinning wheel) for her husband, who further hand weaves the khadi stole shawls for Etsy shop: TheCharkha.

  • Mr. Jetharam ji

    Maker, Designer, Khadi Weaver

    Mr. Jetharam ji Belong to the folk- Meghwals of India. Meghwals are tradiional Khadi weavers of India, once revived by Mahatma Gandhi. Jetharam ji weaves wonderful marino wool shawls and stoles for TheCharkha at Etsy.

  • Mrs. Mangilal ji

    Maker, Designer, Khadi Weaver

    Mr. Mangilal is an excellent weaver of Khadi since his young age. He is a very hard woker and likes children very much. He is always busy solving the bunches of threads, setting it for weaving and weaving itself at his home and children play around.

  • Mr, Mularam ji

    Maker, Designer, Khadi Weaver

    Mr. Mularam is a designer Khadi weaver and has passion for it. All other members of his family has left this traditional job to another more profitable jobs but he is stick to it for his love for it, in spite of his very low earnings out of it.

  • Mr. Ashuram

    Maker, Designer, Khadi Weaver

    Mr. Ashuram lives in Bikaner city and is an excellent khadi weaver. He employes 2 more persons for this. He supplies to Khadi organisation and still firm on his khadi job while other people of his community have left khadi for other jobs.

  • Mr. Gulam Mohammad

    Maker, Dyer

    Mr. Gulam Mohammad is an old man, who have spent whole his life in dyeing cloths. He is still comanding the job with all his family members who are very obedient to him. He with his family members make many traditional designs in tie and dye.

  • Mrs. Santosh

    Maker, Hand Embroider

    Mrs. Santosh is an extraordinary hand embroider. She lives in a small village near Pugal, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India and belongs to refugees from Pakistan and the Meghwal community which is one of the considered Sheduled classes in Indian cast system.

  • Ms. Monika

    Maker, Hand Embroider

    Ms. Monika is an extraordinary hand embroider. She lives in a small village near Pugal, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India and belongs to refugees from Pakistan and the Meghwal community which is one of the considered Sheduled classes in Indian cast system.

  • Ms. Moomal

    Maker, Hand Embroider

    Ms. Moomal is an extraordinary hand embroider. She lives in a small village near Pugal, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India and belongs to refugees from Pakistan and the Meghwal community which is one of the considered Sheduled classes in Indian cast system.

  • Mrs. Chagu

    Hand Embroider

    Mrs. Chagu is an extraordinary hand embroider. She lives in a small village near Pugal, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India and belongs to refugees from Pakistan and the Meghwal community which is one of the considered Sheduled classes in Indian cast system.

  • Mrs. Geeta

    Maker, Hand Embroider

    Mrs. Geeta is an extraordinary hand embroider. She lives in a small village near Pugal, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India and belongs to refugees from Pakistan and the Meghwal community which is one of the considered Sheduled classes in Indian cast system.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 28, 2018
Thank you for visiting my shop! It is much more then a shop for me as I make relationships through this and groving the group of like minded people for the Khadi idea of Mahatma Gandhi.
Please read the shop policies thoroughly before placing an order. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
I don’t work on weekends, so if you contact me on Saturday or Sunday I will get back to you on Monday. Thank you very much.

Please any question no doubt to convo me. I will be happy to solve your doubts. The philosophy of my shop and work is that the customer always be satisfied.
Thanks and Enjoy shopping!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I do accept returns on any order. Please contact me within one week of receiving your package if you are looking to make a return. In order to return an item, you must ship the package back to me at your expense, and the item must arrive in good,and unused condition. I will then offer a refund of the purchase price of the item (without shipping cost). Return shipping must be paid by the buyer.
- Lost or Damaged Packages –
If your items arrive damaged, or if your package was shipped out but never arrived, please contact me. I will work with you to come up with a solution on a case by case basis.
Payment
You can pay us using Paypal - You do not need a Paypal account to actually use Paypal - You can create a Paypal account if you want to

If payment is not received within seven days, your order may be cancelled. Please contact me if you have any concerns
Shipping
Orders will ship to the address that you supplied through Etsy, so please make sure that this address is correct before placing an order.
Ships Worldwide from India within 24 Hours of receiving confirmed payment.All the items are shipped through India Post with the service of Registered Airmail. This service takes 2 to 4 weeks to deliver the parcels. This service is not traceable most of the times
The delivery time varies according to busy seasons, weather and mainly how long the package gets held up in customs.
TheCharkha cannot be held responsible for any delayed / lost international packages, custom charges, import VAT, taxes etc in the destination country. We never know exactly what are the rules and policies in the destination countries. The customers are supposed to pay such taxes if any applied on the articles they buy from us.

If you need it faster just let me know and we'll talk about Priority rates. I can also add insurance and delivery confirmation.
Please take note that the buyer is responsible for any duties and/or customs fees that may be incurred by their destination country.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are handcrafted in a smoke-free, pet-free environment.

CUSTOM ORDERS:
I love doing custom orders! Please contact me with your requests.

WHOLESALE INQEIRIES ARE WELCOME.