My Treasure – Steve Lazars
‘My cotton Kurtha’
‘When I left India to move to Europe I wanted to bring a piece of India with me to remind me of my culture. The cotton Kurtha symbolizes peace and represents both historic and modern India. In 1921 Gandhi launched the movement for all Indians to spin their own cloth or purchase only hand-spun Indian cloth. This ‘cottage’ industry became a staple of the country’s rural economy. There is still great diversity in the traditions and methods used to produce Indian cotton today. Weavers often work in close family structures where ancient skills are passed down from generation to generation. There is great pride in the rich history surrounding even the most simple cotton fabric’.
Story written by Steve Lazars from India