/ Khaloom


Global textile brands most often produce their fabrics in emerging economies, like India. As a result, these emerging economies are faced with the challenge of managing the increasing amount of textile waste. Khaloom provides a unique solution by collecting post-production textile waste and up-cycling it into fabrics via traditional spinning and weaving techniques. Khaloom starts in India, but the business model is designed in a way that it can be replicated to other emerging economies with a history of traditional fabric making techniques, and a sufficient amount of textile waste.

Khaloom collects and shreds the textile waste into fibre. Afterwards, the fibre is spun into yarn in one of the Khaloom-hubs, located in the surroundings of textile centres in India. The yarn will be distributed among weavers, also working from Khaloom-hubs and/or homes. Next to its hubs, Khaloom will set up training centres to train women on spinning and weaving techniques.

Zero-waste production cycles

India has a long history of unique weaving techniques, which enables Khaloom to create a wide assortment of fabrics. The fabrics, in turn, are sold to the same production chain of the global textile brands. In this way, Khaloom assists global brands to achieve their sustainability goals, such as exclusive use of fabrics with recycled content and zero-waste production cycles. Khaloom adds value to the production waste of the textile industry and consequently enlarges the revenues derived from textile materials.
Khaloom ran a pilot, in which it produced 200 metres of fabric with 50% recycled content. Weavers, spinners and global textile brands responded very positively to both the way of working and the end-products. We are now setting up our own production unit and finding out on how and wehere to tap into the textile market.

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