Creating textiles from local, old world cotton is part of a vibrant national legacy of making cloth from the first to last step on Indian soil. Khamir’s Kala Cotton Initiative is a reinterpretation of an old craft value chain made for the modern marketplace.
Khamir’s Kala Cotton Initiative encourages sustainable cotton textile production, and the preservation of agricultural and artisan livelihoods Small-scale weavers could not buy raw materials in bulk, and faced great difficulties in integrating with changing markets.
Kala cotton is indigenous to Kachchh and organic, as the farmers do not use any pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. It is a purely rain fed crop that has a high tolerance for both disease and pests, and requires minimal investment. It is resilient and resurgent in the face of difficult land conditions.
After years of experimentation and perfecting both spinning and weaving techniques, Khamir began producing the first Kala Cotton goods in 2010. Today, the Kala Cotton Initiative encourages sustainable cotton textile production in harmony with local ecology. The project aims to create a value chain at multiple levels by working with marginalized communities and promoting locally grown species. To implement this initiative, Khamir and Satvik have created supply chain between the Kala Cotton farmers, ginners, spinners and weavers to convert the raw cotton into hand woven products Kala cotton is also now being registered as a trademark.