Six yards and more - The Khadi Way
Six yards and more. Sarees were for special occasions. We loved dress up time. The love endured!
I grew up an idealist and critical of the Mahatma. His attitude towards Kasturba and son piqued me. His Experiments with truth with Manu and Abha riled me. I read somewhere that it cost a fortune to keep him living in poverty, I felt he favoured Nehru and negotiated an unfair deal for our Independence.
Much water has flown under the bridge and notwithstanding all of the above I am perhaps wiser and understand his vision, his way! A textile person now, I understand the importance of Swadeshi, the Charkha, Khadi. Khadi is not merely hand spun hand woven, it is a way of life! Promoting our indigenous industry, keeping alive our traditions. Sustainability, about using local and seasonal and not forcing nature to be subservient to our whims. It is about women empowerment as women are important participants in the weaving process.
The Charkha albeit represents the circle of life! Karmic influence, we are what we reap. Be the change you want to see!
This saree is important. It is a local hand woven Dhakai Jamdani representing the skill of the weaver. Four colours - each motif hand woven- requires patience and perseverance, in abeyance in today’s world. This saree is Indigo, the blue of the Universe. Limitless. It is Krishna the author of “the song”, the way of life, the playmate the lover the politician. Indigo is about the first joint initiative against our oppressors! The movement which led to a growing patriotic resurgence. A freedom which was obtained with resilience. A freedom we should learn to value and cherish. Like our traditions.
Lets walk in the footsteps of integrity, inclusion, compassion. The right Way!