Khadi Gramudyog is a movement to support local production as a sustainable solution to environmental, economical and social concerns. This all sounds very topical and now, but this idea of “village industry” was at the heart of Gandhi’s vision for survival of India after the end of colonial rule. The handwoven cotton material, made into comfortable unisex tunics became one of the symbols of the movement.
Each shop stocks slightly different merchandise, but every product supports the livelihood by meaningful work of individuals or communities in rural India. Ghandi’s assertion of “think globally, act locally” is popular today in the developing world’s economies. The idea of promoting domestic production, boycotting foreign goods and securing independence by a self-sufficient people were all tenants of his plan for an independent India. Actually, we in the good old US of A used this plan when we , too , had trouble with those pesky Brits!
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