The bunting is made from left over Khadi material. Khadi is an ideal choice for green and ethical fabric. It embodies the spirit of India’s freedom and modernity. The tradition of handmade clothing was being lost to machine-made fabric when Gandhi revived it as a symbol of peace, autonomy and simplicity. It also became an effective vehicle for community action. Khadi helped fashion a new national identity which denied colonial imposition and defied traditional hierarchy.
Today the production of khadi provides sustenance to about a million people in India. About eighty percent of khadi artists are women, often from some of the poorest communities in the country. With more efficient technology and better regulation in place, incomes for artisans have improved over the past few years.
The leftover pieces of Khadi have been sewed into beautiful bunting ranging between 1 and 2 meter by women from the Mahavir Niketan Leprosy Home in Jaipur.
They are one of our WOMAD best sellers and are great for festivals, birthday celebrations or just as decoration in your home.