Spiritual Thread …
India is a land of rich culture and diversities. Walk back to the era of Cholas, Mughals etc or stead fast a little towards 1950’s, you will see yourself engulfed with the richness of the varied handicrafts, cultures and traditions of India.
Let’s walk a little slow in the Gandhian Times when Gandhi initiated the ‘Charkha’ and ‘Khadi’ movement. Gandhi’s ‘Charkha’ and ‘Khadi’ were an expression of economic development which focused on the poor and the under privileged. Gandhi advocated ‘Khadi’ as the beginning of economic freedom and equality for all. Khadi initiated the mentality, the determination to find all the necessities of life in India itself.
Gandhi’s thoughts and activities were guided by his principle of complete unity and integrity of body, mind and soul. He said that the body should be controlled by the mind and the mind by the soul. And the soul, if spiritual will give you the inner peace and spirituality plays a dominant role in devolving inner consciousness.
Khadi fabric and the process of its making (hand spun and hand woven) develop a spiritual connection in the weaver. The whole process is a form of meditation and quite spiritual in nature. Human element in khadi is not accidental, it’s intrinsic, khadi is a superior cloth because it has a soul in it. khadi binds us to those who are much poorer than us. To throw away the foreign cloth or even our millmade cloth costs us nothing but the simple thought on behalf of the starving millions of people who are living in our villages.
“There are many aspects of khadi; amongst them the spiritual one is the one I hold uppermost and the economic one next’ .The spiritual aspect was repentance for having willingly surrendered freedom. ‘The English have not taken India; we have given it to them… …It is we, the English-knowing men that have enslaved India… … Foreign cloth constitutes our slavery… We are purifying ourselves by discarding foreign cloth which is the badge of our slavery’ Khadi was not just about employment, which was only a means for alienating the mind, body and spirit from each other, but about engagement of the mind, body and spirit in the means of livelihood and in thus creating conditions for social life. This was its human element.” [Ramagundam 2008]
(Picture Bed set in Khadi , Khadi Out fit)
Indian August feels proud of the fact that we work with artisans who weave the threads of spirituality and modernity together and bring forth ‘Khadi’, the beautiful and intricate, yet spiritual in its making,yarn, for our buyers. Experts claim that the organic Khadi clothes do havemedicinal values, as they help the body in fighting diseases like skin infection, high blood pressure or hypertension of worth regularly. Visit our stores and experience spirituality in our Khadi collection and get connected with your soul.