The Khadi (a hand-woven and hand-spun cotton cloth) sector is supported by the Government by providing rebate on the sale of Khadi. Magan Sangrahalaya took up the production and sale of Khadi as a mission to support the dying weavers and spinners and sell the eco-friendly cloth to the people without taking any Government subsidy.
Presently, this self-reliant Khadi unit of MSS is providing employment to 150 artisans including sliver plant workers, spinners, weavers, tailors, dyers and sales persons. With the collective effort of MSS team and artisans, the institute annually sells 50 Lakh Rupees worth of Khadi.
DEVELOPMENT OF IMPROVISED SPINNING WHEEL
To increase the productivity and earnings of thick-yarn weavers using traditional Charkha, MSS developed a Four-spindle Magana Charkha, an improvised spinning wheel. The critical intervention here is the replacement of the costly multi-national ‘Toparm’ by an indigenous ‘Toparm’, which can be easily fabricated and repaired in any village workshop. With this appropriate device, the spinner can earn and produce four times more than before.
MSS is manufacturing ‘Organic Khadi’, utilizing the organic cotton from organic farmers of CAPART-sponsored Watershed Project villages. Using the high-tech, decentralized, sliver plant developed by Dastakar, Andhra Pradesh, MSS is producing the best quality eco-friendly organic sliver. At the same time, it is also recycling the organic cotton seeds back to the farmer since the process keeps the seeds intact.