Four reasons we love khadi
For our latest collections, we used a traditional, hand spun and woven fair trade fabric called khadi. There are plenty of reasons to love khadi, from its natural texture and composition to being the perfect thing to wear next to skin. Here we go into four reasons why.
1. It gets better with age.
Your khadi pieces will soften with age, so the longer you wear them and love them, the comfier they get and the more the fabric will relaxes into the curves of your body. Khadi holds up well in the machine and will move better with your shape after several washes. We recommend washing at 30 degrees (better for the fibres and for the environment) and hanging outside to dry if the weather is good enough, or inside on a drying rack
2. It’s super versatile.
In its variously weighted forms, hadi can be a trusty friend throughout the year. From light and breezy dresses in the summer months, to heavier jackets and trousers to see you through the winter. Because it’s made from natural fibres, it’ll help you regulate your temperature better than sticky synthetics.
3. It’s a movement.
In the midst of British colonialism in India, Khadi became an effective vehicle for community action. In the first two decades of the twentieth century, Gandhi simultaneously reinvigorated the hand-spinning and handweaving traditions in India, and boycotted foreign cloth. In doing this, he was able to bring back self-employment and self-reliance in rural areas. Post British rule, khadi remains a symbol of autonomy.
4. Fair wages.
Social impact is kind of our thing. The production of khadi provides work to around one million people in India, eighty percent of which women and the majority of which are from the poorest communities in India. All this is regulated to ensure that both spinners and weavers are fairly paid. Once our khadi reaches us here in London, it is cut and sewn by our expert seamstresses in Limehouse and Brick Lane (for a living wage, obvs).
Shop our khadi pieces here.