These beautiful Khadi Puppets are made with Khadi cotton.
Khadi is an ideal choice for green and ethical fabric. It embodies the spirit of India’s freedom and modernity. Made from cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibres, these fabrics have been famous throughout the world since ancient times. Khadi comes in a range of weaves, texture and thickness – from linen-like coarse khadi to highly refined muslin. The fabric is versatile, it can be used for a variety of products, from clothing, bed linen and soft furnishings to costumes for cinema and theatre.
This tradition of handmade cloth 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.