My friend and one time intern turned employee Anya came for dinner last night as she’s back in Australia on holiday from the Philippines. Anya brought beautiful gifts made of hand loomed cotton in indigenous patterns woven by artisans which her social enterprise Anthill Fabric Gallery supports and organises (note the awesome scarf I’m wearing!).
Anya explained that she was inspired by Gandhi’s weaving and spinning Khadi movement which she fell in love with after visiting his museum in Delhi. Gandhi’s Khadi ideology promoted the idea that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high priced goods and clothes which the British were selling to them. Anya took Gandhi’s ideas back to the Philippines and developed Anthill to help women celebrate their culture by continuing the living traditions of fabric weaving in the hope of passing it on to younger generations.