Join Ash Buch for a talk on the history of the Gandhian approach to handcrafts, local and sustainable practices from India, hand spinning, organic cotton use.
A Brief Bio of Asha Buch
Asha was born in a family which actively participated in India’s non-violent freedom movement led by Gandhi. Her parents played an important role in promoting an alternative vision of society through social activities (constructive work) as envisioned by Gandhi. Khadi was an important part of this vision. Her family members continue to be engaged with organising khadi and other village industries, ensuring the relevance of Gandhi’s legacy.
Khadi (pronounced Khādī) is any cloth that is hand-spun and hand-woven. In 1918 Mahatma Gandhi started his movement for Khadi when spinning and weaving were elevated to an ideology for self-reliance and self-governance
Asha wore khadi from birth and learnt to spin charkha at the age of about seven. Spinning classes were a regular feature of her schooling. Asha only wore khadi clothes till she came to the UK about 40 years ago. Asha continues to use khadi and other hand made goods as much as she can. She has a great faith in the revival of khadi, a faith based on the technological changes, especially modifications in Charkha designs that continue to be a feature of khadi production.
Doors open at 1.30pm, talk starts at 2pm