handweaving SILK khadi in Bihar
handweaving cotton khadi in Bihar
The exclusive name given to textles that are only made by hand spinning any combination of natural fibres and then hand weaving those same threads into cloth on a handloom. Symbolic of a deep rooted philosophy which is known as "fair trade" in the west and SWADESHI in India, this national movement was FIRST championed by Mahatma Gandhi who elevated the Artisanal thread of this cotton to a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency in India's fight for independence in the 20thCentury and a base from which would provide continuous employment for millions of rural citizens of the developing world. To this day, the symbolism attached to wearing this cloth is unwavering in its promotion of the handmade and its support for Artisans.
SWADESHI is that spirit in us all which aspires to recognize and support the people, materials, resources and services of our immediate surroundings, thereby ultimately our mantra will be LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE + HANDMADE.
OMkhadi is an eco - ethical focused enterprise that promotes ONLY handmade lifestyle products that we design & produce in partnership with select Artisans across the Globe. OMkhadi is committed to cultivating long-term fair trade relationships with Artisan communities who face immediate social concerns and ongoing diverse challenges. We place a specific emphasis on Artisan cooperatives and groups employing marginalized women and differently abled men and women. We aspire to provide these Artisans access to fair wages, larger markets and secure, sustainable creative livelihoods. Beyond this, we equally seek to work with groups that participate to create immediate solutions for environmental concerns as well as enriching opportunities and new possibilities for Artisans and their generational networks.All of the products made by us in coordination with these groups are hand-made, and carefully designed to be environmentally friendly.
We collaborate intimately with Artisan cooperatives and groups in order to develop mutually-beneficial long term trade relationships. These relationships allow us to design and offer customers more beautiful and truly meaningful high quality products. We do not offer an ideal, OMkhadi offers Truth in Practice.