House of Khadi presents a set of unisex shirts, made with integrity.
The current range comprises five classic-cut 100% non-GMO, fairtrade khadi cotton shirts - hand-spun, hand-woven and 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.
Khadi is a sanskrit translation of cotton and means 'hand-woven' and 'hand-spun'.
In India, khadi is not just a cloth - it is a whole movement initiated by Gandhi who sought to stimulate the 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.
We only use the very finest khadi personally selected from a handful of small villages in West Bengal. 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 Gandhi envisioned as he led India toward independence.
Khadi embodies the essence of 'slow fashion'. It takes at least 3 months from harvest to fabric completion for enough for 500 shirts. With time, patience and many skilled hands, the end result is a heavenly, high quality and visibly fine, soft and luxurious cotton fabric described by legendary 12th Century adventurer Marco Polo as 'finer than the spider's web'.
House of Khadi 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.
House of Khadi are not only a luxury brand, we also stand as part of the contemporary ‘slow fashion’ movement and hope to be at the forefront of the unstoppable progress of the fashion industry towards sustainability.