Gandhi's fashion movement is coming full circle. October 2nd is the birth date of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
This article won't attempt to go into the intricacies of his legacy, nor will it provide you with a history lesson.
I want to share one, beautiful thought that came to mind as I reflected upon him this week:
Khadi is a type of woven, cotton cloth to most people.
But to Indian people and others in the know, khadi was a whole movement started by Gandhi.
Gandhi encouraged Indians to weave their own cloth and sell them locally or use them personally. He worked to help the average Indian to become self-sustainable. In this political statement, he was building resistance to the British practices of buying cotton at low prices from India and then selling goods made from this cotton at high prices back to the people of India.
Personal empowerment and self-reliance as a political statement and solution to an unfair economic and business model.
Isn't that what we are trying to do now?
Indeed, this approach is as powerful and useful today as we allow it to be.
Sometimes we feel powerless. But the simple truth is and has always been: You are only as reliant as you'd like to be.
We aren't all seamstresses, nor are we all cooks.
So what can we do to take back some of the control that we've lost as consumers within the fashion industry?
In the PROSCI change management course that I took last week, I learned that organizations do not change. Individuals do.
How can each of us take one small step towards a more positive economic and business model in fashion?
How can we benefit personally and economically from our actions?
How will the actions that we take affect our view of the world, and our ability to feel empowered and in control of our choices?
A few small actions from each individual can lead to a huge movement.
What is your chosen action this year? Buying less? Buying better? Upcycling?
Small actions lead to big personal and global changes all the time.
Happy Birthday Gandhi.
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