What Does A Centimeter Of Fabric Tells You

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A perspective  shot of a steel measuring scale lying blue cotton khadi fabric with orange stripes.
Let's put on our detective hats and investigate a small piece of fabric and see what it tells us

Where did the Charkha (Spinning Wheel) come from?

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A Rajasthani women clad in bandhini saree sitting on ground and spinning cotton yarn (soot) on a Gandhi Charkha (Indian Spinning Wheel)
Interestingly, It is a long running debate whether Charkha has its origin in India or middle east. Let's see where it actually came from.

A Hundred Year Old Khadi Fabric

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Bulbul Tewari Ji lovingly called Naani by friends and family.
After an amazing lunch while we were sitting around the heater for warmth in their naturally lit living room on that cold wintry Delhi noon, the stories about crafts started flowing. That is when Naani ji shared the story about this piece of fabric that she got from her grandmother!

10 Types of Homespun Fabrics In Use

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a 2 point perspective shot from below of Kora Khadi fabric hang drying in the sun under a clear blue sky. The picture a slight flare and a small clour in top left half.
Today, Cotton Rack uses as many as 10 different types of Homespun fabrics sourced from weavers in Jaipur, Bikaner, Maheshwar and Kanpur as well as creating fabrics with our weavers in West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir. Check them out here...

A Timelapse of Handloom Weaving on Pitloom

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weaver sitting next to a warping drum and preparing a khadi warp for further cotton fabric weaving
A small timelapse video of handloom weaving, which is one of many processes involved in making of a homespun handwoven fabric.

What is Khadi Exactly?

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What is Khadi Exactly written with colourful khadi jamdani saree hanging in the background.
Everyone is talking about Khadi but keeping aside all the philosophy and it's association with Gandhi and Indian freedom movement, what exactly is this Khadi fabric in it's practical form?