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The way I look at khadi...

 THE WAY I LOOK AT KHADI...

During the first century, Romans called the cloth imported from India as 'nebula' meaning breezy or mist-like, to describe hand-spun and handwoven khadi muslin. Nearly 2000 years later, Mahatma Gandhi, father of our modern day khadi promoted spinning and weaving khaddar as a symbol of India's freedom struggle.

* These two diverse varieties of khadi fabrics are different from each other not only historically but also in the tactile quality, One represents the luxury in fine muslin and the other celebrates the coarseness...


Taxing times.

Last week, I was privileged to watch a wooden block-maker at work in Andhra Pradesh.

I am always drawn to this craft and hence could not resist buying few wooden blocks which had vintage design and skillfully carved. What I chose was 5 colored complex blocks hand-carved by these master craftsmen. Before leaving, I spent some time with the craftspeople and listened to their achievements and challenges.

Later, I was handed over the bill for my purchase with 18% GST. I can very well pay the tax, but my thought was...


* Conversation with a farmer.

                                                                                                      Recently, I was in north Karnataka on work. I had decided to visit a few khadi institutes, a ginning mill and an indigo dyer spread across 2 districts in a single day. Hence I...


* Small business - Big impact.

What is a small business? 
It actually differs from one region to the other, most of the times it's about the number, just like our age [ irrelevant ] but always treated as insignificant and seldom looked as coming of community.   
For me, in the context of craft, it's about attitude and personal value. Its the attitude of taking the risk and innovating and having a core value of preserving local hand-making methods.  Here are some of the reason why it's worth encouraging small business...   
1]Small social enterprise can contribute to the local economy by...


* Sustainable design.

I have always been intrigued by the use of the word #sustainability in various platforms by the members of our design community. Though the word sustainable is used fashionably as a business module, its seldom taken seriously in the design process.   

So what is sustainable design? 


According to wikipedia... The intention of sustainable design is to eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful and sensitive design.It requires renewable...