Magan Khadi comes to you with impeccable credentials. An understanding of the past is important in order to realize future aspirations. In 1936, Gandhi moved to Sevagram, then a village near Wardha. This is where he set up his base. Magan Khadi shares a symbiotic relationship with the Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti’s rural enterprise khadi projects.
Gandhiji settled in Maganwadi, Wardha, after his departure from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. He named this Ashram after Maganlal Gandhi, his close associate and a rural scientist. Dr. Devendra Kumar, a young Oil technologist, joined him in 1949 as a scientist and undertook the onus of providing momentum to the noble cause of helping those below the poverty line by empowering them with the tool of science and technology.
In 1978, Devendra Bhai (which was his popular name) made Magan Sanghralaya his base and took up the mission to create a new awareness pertaining to Gandhian values among the scientists, technologists, economists, sociologists and experts in various disciplines all over the country. Devendra Bhai helped his Guru Kumarappaji for six years in research and innovative experiments in various village industries. In 1952, Devendra Bhai opted to live with the landless poor of a small insulated hilly village, called ‘Machala’, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh for eight long years – to experience village life in the raw
In 1978, Devendra Bhai took up the mission of his Guru – Kumarappa – of taking the benefits oftechnology to the rural poor and initiated the Centre of Science for Villages (CSV) at Magan Sangrahalaya. Wardha. Though Devendra Bhai is no more in this world, his daughter – Dr Vibha Gupta – is carrying on the torch by creating sustainable livelihoods in Rural India through technological interventions. She has been working with Devendra Bhai since 1978 and is currently the Chairperson of the Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti.
“Magan Khadi is not merely about designing exquisite fabrics and prints in khadi. We can play a very significant role in improving the well-being of so many rural communities across India. Organic Khadi has implications on the health and prosperity of our farmers, weavers and all those involved in production. Organic means no chemicals through the process stages – from farm to fabric. Very few people understand this implication of this and the reality of what Magan Khadi is doing. After decades in this field and with all our pioneering work, we are still at the beginning, and we keep learning.” – Dr. Vibha Gupta, Chairperson, Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti
“From the time when the cotton boll is picked, till the time it becomes that iconic fabric called khadi, the material passes through the lives and hands of many masters. Artists working under one common sky. Happy if it’s blue, undeterred if it’s stormy. Gathering the skeins of history and tradition with nonchalance. Born from the confidence that comes from skill. Playing out their roles in this saga of love. Caught in it because of chance. Living in it for the passion. Their signatures are woven together to create each masterpiece. One that you shall own with quiet pride. Long live these great masters and their expertise. I have made it my life’s quest to utilize, expand and retain the expertise of these masters, and I work by incorporating all that knowledge shared down through the generations through my unique and indigenous designs.+ -Mukesh Lutade, Director Operations – Magan Khadi.