What is "A Charkha Story" ?
A Charkha Story is an initiative by the organization "Burdwan Rural Khadi Gramodyog Samity - based out in Burdwan ,West Bengal, that is certified with Khadi & Village Industries (K.V.I.C), Ministry of MSME,Govt.Of India. Our first retail store came out in Pune ,Maharashtra on 19th December 2015. Our products are methodically created on the looms and stitched for our consumers. We find extreme joy, in delivering our make to our consumers and their happy faces adds up to the feeling.
What is Khadi ?
A very basic question that has acquired multiple and few vague answers over a period of time.
Generally,Khadi is thought to be some fabric which has a coarse or rough texture to it : It is also understood as a dull and lifeless fabric - “the boring sort” to be precise : Suited for the older generations , etc .
Khadi /Khaddar , is as simple as it sounds .
A fabric that is handspun and handwoven.
But, the simplicity holds the most intricate and hard work by the artisans with extreme perseverance , that gives out a result as elegant and beautiful as Khadi.
Khadi is that stroke of the magic wand which gave our country and its people coherence (it was significant part of the freedom movement by Bapu).
What is a Khadi Fabric?
It can be cotton, silk, wool . Cotton has varied range and counts of texture : different weaves : different reed & pick : different yarn count : woven on pit-looms : spun on the charkha .
Silk is mulberry : tussar : tussar ketiya : matka : spinning done by the women by rolling the thread on their thighs : weaving is done on the pit-looms.
What are the types of Khadi Fabric ?
Muslin - the most gentle form of fabric, woven in varied counts in the cluster that ranges from 0’S to 500’S.
500’S being the thinnest form of muslin woven fabric that can easily pass through a ring. At our store you will find fabrics from 0’S to 500’S.
*S = denotes the count of fabric.(Count = Reed x Pick or Warp x Weft ).
NMC - the new model charkha fabric belongs to 80’S texture. The weaving is thick comparatively to Muslin Fabric.
Silk - tussar, tussar ghiccha, ketiya matka, mulberry and garad silk are also procured at the cluster.
Balkal - It is a mix of tussar cocoon stalk ,cotton yarn wastage and wool. The fabric is thick and mostly used for jackets.
How do the artisans & weavers work?
The women are efficient weavers as well as home- makers. The men alternate their time of weaving with the women while they are busy with the household chores.
The interior of the villages go dark soon , hence the work is continued till sunset.
How does the climate effect the work ?
Rainy seasons (July - End of September), slows down the entire production by 60 % of the total year’s production cycle.