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.
House of Khadi
HOUSE OF KHADI pays homage to this traditional Indian fabric that has been passed down from generation to generation.
We only use the very finest khadi personally selected from small rural villages of West Bengal that we have visited. 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 and so forth - the entire process involves the whole village community creating a strong sense of satisfaction and pride in the exquisite finished product.
This is slow fashion, it takes at least 3 months from harvest to fabric completion for enough khadi for 500 shirts. With time, patience and many hands, the end result is a heavenly, high quality and visibly fine, soft and luxurious 100% cotton fabric.
Rima Sams and Lily de Kergeriest-Gutierrez launched HOUSE OF KHADI in the summer of 2016.
Both have a background in fashion and style - Rima created original and unique collections ranging from mosquito nets to kid's clothes to men's shirts that were sold in Europe whilst Lily worked with fashion label Rodnik and was styling & blogging in New York and London.
In a fashion world that too often turns a blind eye and with a deep respect for the peoples and culture of India and wanting to work with integrity, the two have made it their mission to help in their small way to revive this most admirable tradition. Creating a clothes and home furnishing collection that utilises small-scale, hand-spun and hand-woven khadi in a country increasingly dominated by high-tech, polluting industries.