Monday, June 25, 2012

Pre-spinning machinery due at the new malkha production centre soon. 8-spindle power driven charkhas delivered. Lint purchase due. Operator selection among local people done.

The new unit is the first in 3 years.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Three malkha shows almost back to back: Bangalore, Lucknow & Hyderabad!

Here's the announcement for  Lucknow:

       Dates : 25th June, Monday  - 5th July, Thursday
       Time: 11 am to 8 pm
       Sanatkada, 130 J.C. Bose Road, Qaiser Bagh, 
       Contact: Vandana 9889616174

Hyderabad invitation follows shortly

Thursday, June 21, 2012

malkha in Bangalore

Malkha is the only fully integrated vertical handloom chain... in the world? Certainly in the country. At present buying lint in the market, but moving towards direct links with farmers growing organic cotton.

As of today demand is ahead of supply, but with two more production centres due to open in a few months, and indigo dyeing capacity to be increased, we hope to be selling more by the end of the year.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

malkha in Italy

More on Italian events:

The seminar 'Gandhi & the Textiles of Peace' at Pavia University,  organized by Professor Simonetta Casci at which academics Professor Mushirul Hasan, Director General of the National Archives of India, Dr Mukulika Banerjee from LSE, Dr Emma Tarlo from Goldsmith's, London, Dr Paolo Favero from University of Lisbon and others spoke, and Shripal Shah of Asal, Sally Holkar of Women Weaves & Uzramma from Malkha presented brief accounts of khadi and malkha. It was a chance to introduce malkha and the principles behind it to the wider academic community and we hope there will be more such occasions.

'Gandhi & Occupy Wall Street' was the subject of the lecture to the class of 2012 at Pavia University's post graduate course on Cooperation & Development. It drew parallels between Gandhi's & OWS protests against the greed & inequality of the mainstream economic system... remarkably similar protests, 80 years apart in time. Students were from 14 different countries, and interest in malkha was expressed by Lidet from Ethiopia, Nina from Macedonia and Christina from India.

The walls of the 13th century Chiesa di San Francesco in Como were a magnificent backdrop to the displays of khadi & malkha. The show featured the information panels on Gandhi made by Professor Casci, archive film on his life. It was sponsored by the Sindaco [Municipality]di Como, and opened by the Mayor. Rossana Vittani had done the beautiful display. The show was well received, seen by over a 1000 people, and had to be extended.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Gandhi & the textiles of peace

You can imagine the surprise of going into this trendy boutique in Pavia, Italy to find the proprietor Marina, wearing a malkha shirt! We had gone in on seeing the beautiful things in the shop, some from the Indian sub-continent, to leave the Italian malkha brochure for her. Unfortunately Marina was not able to visit the Gandhi & the Textiles of Peace exhibition in which malkha was featured.

The second pic shows the poster of the show 'Gandhi e i tessitori della pace' outside the Basilica San Francesco, the site of the show in Como.

More to come...