EmilyandKhadi

Hand woven, hand spun & naturally dyed Khadi clothes.

Falmouth, England · 41 Sales

EmilyandKhadi

Hand woven, hand spun & naturally dyed Khadi clothes.

Falmouth, England 41 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Ethical, Simple, Beautiful

Emily & Khadi is a sustainable, ethical clothing range, made with what is described as the least harmful fabric - Khadi cotton.

What is Khadi?

Khadi is an indian fabric made from cotton. 'Khadi' means hand spun and hand woven. The fabric is woven on a traditional, Indian loom. The Khadi cotton used for Emily & Khadi is sourced from a municipal, South Indian town, from a non profit organisation working towards sustainable living. Emilys love for Yoga lead her to India, where, by chance, she overheard a conversation in a cafe in Mysore describing a beautiful fabric that was coloured with natural dyes. She heard the centre helped to support the local community by running various programmes, including an adoption agency for abandoned children (& many other projects). Emily was instantly taken with the story and she inquired as to where this wonderful place was. Emily made her first trip to the organisation just days after she heard the conversation & completely fell in love with the fabric, the people of the organisation and the whole philosophy of Khadi. Within a matter of days Emily had thought up her first designs and the tailor was busy stitching the first few pieces of what was later to Emily & Khadi.

Mahatma Ghandi bought Khadi to the limelight in 1918 when he started a movement for self reliance amoungst rural Indian communities. He envisioned Khadi as a route to freedom and independence. At that current time, raw materials were exported to England and then re-imported as costly finished cloth, which deprived the local population of work and any potential profit. The dyes used to colour the Khadi are made from completely natural, fermented elements, using ancient techniques. The black is made from jaggery & iron, the red from alazarin, the brown from betelnut and the classic indigo is fermented in pits in the ground for weeks on end (there are only a handful of people in India still using this ancient and traditional technique).

It goes without saying that Khadi is very special, therefore, Emily has intentionally kept the design of the clothes as simple as possible to allow the fabric to shine.

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