The Making of Khadi
Khadi weaving is done on a spinning wheel or charkha — an art perfected by Khadi artisans.
A six-step process, Khadi weaving demands both precision and dedication on the part of the craftsperson in order to churn out fabric that can be called a masterpiece.
FROM FARM TO FINISH LINE:
The garment supply chain is immensely complex and conventional “Made In” labels offer a dangerously simplified truth. Instead, we trace every step of our garments’ creation, from farm to finish line, so that both we at Reclaim khadi, and you as an individual, can make informed decisions about the clothing we choose to invest in.
Follow along as we trace our entire collection, from farm to finished garment.
HOW FULL TRACEABILITY WORKS:
Full Traceability is our own transparency standard, requiring us to identify every unique process in the creation of our garments and the exact location of the Co Operatives, Artisans, Factories and facilities at which these processes are carried out.
We trace our garments by traveling and visiting weavers, Khadi and Handloom co-operatives, dyeing and printing units, SHGs across India or by verified certificates.
Weaving and Fabric dying facilities are always visited personally and information about each individual contributor is collected.
No matter how far we’ve traced a garment, we provide everything we know - and everything we don’t - right here at Reclaimkhadi.com and on the Full Traceability QR code is tagged into every garment. The journey started in May 2020 and we want to achieve the goal to be 100% traceable by end of 2022.
“TRANSPARENCY AS A SERVICE”
Garments are meticulously handcrafted, requiring delicate natural resources. Every piece has a story, makes an impact and has a cost. With full transparency we want to give the whole picture, helping both us at Recalim khadi and you as an individual to understand the effects of our decisions and start making better ones.
- Origin: We break down and trace our garments to their roots, so you can learn about every touch point they pass.
- Impact: We open the doors to our Artisans & factories so you can learn about the skill and devotion required to create them.
- Cost: With nothing to hide, we show exactly what it costs, so you always know what you’re paying for.
Manufacturing (30%), TIER 1- Includes all steps from fabric to final garment: cutting, sewing, washing, pressing and packing. It’s the most labor intensive part of a garment’s journey, which is why we want to know the working conditions and visit all manufacturing facilities in person.
Weaving (30%), TIER 2- Is the creation of the main fabric from raw materials such as wool, Silk or cotton: combing, spinning, twisting, dying, weaving, finishing. These processes are energy, water and chemical intense, so we want to know that energy is clean, water is recycled and chemicals are safe.
Raw Material (30%), TIER 3- Is the starting point of a garment: the cotton farm, or the Sericulture that yield our precious raw material. It’s intense in labor and use of soil, water and pesticides so we want to know that human and natural resources are taken care of.
Trims (10%), TIER 4- normally refer to the remaining components of a garment: Sewing thread, labels, hangtags, buttons and zips. To allocate our tracing efforts according to the importance of a component, we also include garment lining, so long as it’s a small proportion of all fabric used.
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