HOUSE OF KHADI

The art that is in the machine made article appeals only to the eye; the art in khadi appeals first to the heart and then to the eye
— GANDHI

 

 

Our Mission

HOUSE OF KHADI presents a set of unisex shirts, made with integrity.

The current range comprises seven classic-cut 100% non-GMO, Fairtrade khadi cotton shirts - hand-dyed in various finishes. The shirts include recycled plastic and half-shell buttons and come wrapped in fully recycled packaging, making them as ethically and sustainably sourced as possible.

We stand at the forefront of the unstoppable progress of the fashion industry towards sustainability, spurred by ever-growing consumer awareness.

About Khadi

Khadi is a Sanskrit translation of cotton and means 'hand-woven' and 'hand-spun'.  

HOUSE OF KHADI cloth is woven from cotton grown locally in rural India. The cotton is spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha. It is an extremely versatile fabric that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

In India, khadi is not just a cloth - it is a whole movement initiated by Gandhi who sought to stimulate the native economy by encouraging the growing and spinning of local fabrics rather than the punitive import of foreign cloth. Ghandi himself took to the charkha (the spinning-wheel which became the symbol of the movement) and inspired millions of Indians to literally 'follow suit'. To this day, the Village Industries Commission in India promotes the production of khadi, for the purpose of ‘creating self-reliance amongst people and building up a strong rural community spirit’. The traditional handloom technique is not only intrinsically sustainable, but creates a high quality, soft and luxurious fabric.

About House of Khadi

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in November 2016, HOUSE OF KHADI was launched.

We only use the very finest khadi selected from a handful of small rural villages of West Bengal that we have personally visited and selected. The cotton is grown on the village outskirts and then received by the first home in the village where it is transformed into khadi thread. The next house spools the thread, the following house spins the cloth with traditional wheels and weaving machines and so on from house to house until in the last our khadi shirt fabric emerges, fully finished. The entire process involves the whole village community, creating a strong sense of satisfaction and pride in the exquisite hand-made garment just as the Mahatma Gandhi (who revived the process in reaction to industrialisation) envisioned as he led India toward Independence after The Second World War.

This is the essence of 'slow fashion'. It takes at least 3 months from harvest to fabric completion for enough khadi for 500 shirts. With time, patience and many skilled hands, the end result is a heavenly, high quality and visibly fine, soft and luxurious 100% cotton fabric described by legendary 12th Century adventurer Marco Polo as 'finer than the spider's web'.

Our current range of shirts comprises seven classic-cut 100% non-GMO khadi cotton styles – hand-spun, hand-woven and hand-dyed in various finishes. The shirts include recycled plastic and half-shell buttons and are wrapped in fully recycled packaging, making them as ethically and sustainably sourced as possible. The range will be expanded as the company grows.

About Us

HOUSE OF KHADI's Director, Rima Sams, grew up in North Kensington where her passion for fashion, fabrics and design was cultivated by regular jaunts through Biba and Kensington markets plus daily sashays along Portobello Road.

Rima's design portfolio for the international ethical luxury goods market includes her (and her brother's) pioneering organic energy drink GUSTO (still the best of the bunch!),  a pyjama line, a women's summer wear collection and a range of kids cowboy shirts - all sold under her Honey Habibo logo both online and from her Ibiza shop RIMARS. Rima is now totally focused on Indian materials and pre-industrial production techniques, of which khadi is the perfect expression.  She details her adventures in ethical and slow fashion in her blog in The Huffington Post's 'Style' section.