The Story of Khadi and Co

Danish textile designer Bess Nielsen launched Khadi and Co in 2005 to pursue her fascination with handwoven textiles.

Throughout her 30-years long career she has traveled extensively to and across India to work with many skilled craftsmen. 

Her long journey into the rich legacy of Indian textile crafts led her to understand the profound cultural significance of khadi, a humble cotton fabric and a symbol of India’s Freedom Movement.

A hand spun and handwoven cloth, khadi is Bess Nielsen’s long-lasting inspiration and ultimately her life work.

In the wake of Gandhi’s message of self-reliance, she is convinced craftmanship and handloom fabrics are absolutely crucial. Hand spun yarns have an indisputable organic quality, making garments light, breathable and uniquely soft on our skin. While exploring the infinite beauty of various weaves, Bess Nielsen has developed a deep connection with India that permeates gently her minimalist design.

Quite naturally her one of kind brand conveys values she deems necessary to her work ethics and creativity. 

Khadi and Co celebrates the power of the human hand and fosters effective teamwork from India to Paris. It’s a pioneer of artisan-made luxury fashion, born to create essential clothing.

Khadi

Spun by a million hands, 
hand-woven in cotton, 
silk or wool, 
sumptuous to all the senses, 
elegant and durable, 
this is Khadi.


The filament that fired the movement for India’s independence,
it is a symbol of resilience, 
self-reliance, 
and a commitment to a 
sustainable world.

This has been the inspiration for Khadi and Co.

Bess Nielsen