It is not just sattvik food which has caught the attention of denizens at the much-awaited traditional food festival in the city, but sattvik clothes too. A farmer from Surendranagar district has come up with organic khadi – with no use of chemicals in the process of making cloth from growing cotton to dyeing the material.
Samant Solanki, a farmer from Dharai village near Chotila in Surendranagar, thought of coming up with an environment-friendly cloth line. So, as he has a farm, he decided to grow cotton (non-Bt) following organic method of farming i.e. without using chemical fertiliser. He grew cotton on 10 vighas of land and gave it for spinning by charkha to craftsmen in Gondal and Vijapur to avoid use of machines.
Solanki, whose product was launched at the Sattvik food festival on Saturday, said that he later sent the woven material to Kutch so that it could be dyed with natural colours and use of chemical colours could be avoided.
“Farmers know that Bt cotton is not the future and we have to think of future products. So, I chose to experiment with the idea. Every year I grew non-Bt cotton in my farm using organic method but gave it others to make cloth. This time, I decided to come up with organic khadi on my own. I grew organic cotton in my farm, with the help of an NGO Jatan, and came up with organic khadi cloth in different designs and colours,” he said.
The only difficulty he faced was finding seeds of non-Bt cotton. The rest of the process was smooth. The khadi in a variety of designs is priced between Rs150 and Rs220 per metre.