Source: Textile Review

Two of the oldest sciences known to mankind comes together. It's the amalgamation of Ayurveda- the science of increasing the longevity of a person and making of fabrics textiles. Man has used textiles from a very early period in various forms like ropes, clothes etc. but in general textiles to the layman is a fabric. The unlikely yet amazing combination of these two sciences has resulted in AYURVASTRA. Ayurvastra, the name given to a whole new concept of natural clothing, has the fabric yarns infused with plant extracts and herbs. Developed under the aegis of The Handloom Weavers Development Society a non-profit organization, Ayurvastra claims to rid people of many diseases by regular use of these clothes.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
-Thomas Edison, Inventor

"A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession." -Hippocrates

Ayurvastra is a branch of Ayurveda, the ancient 5,000 year old Indian system of Vedic healthcare. Loosely translated, ayur' is Sanskrit for health, 'veda' means wisdom, and 'vastra' is cloth or clothing. Ayurvastra clothing is made from organic cotton fabric that has been dyed with ayurvedic herbs and oils that promote health and cure special diseases depending upon the blends of herbs and oils. Ayurvastra (Ayur = life + Vastra = clothes) is made of 100% natural fibres including cotton, silk, coir, jute and wool, specially designed woven and crafted by the Handloom Weavers Development Society. Ayurvastra is an effective product for ayurvedic treatments and an eco-friendly alternative for chemical dyeing which support sustainable development. The clothes have successfully undergone clinical trials at the Government Ayurveda College in Trivandrum (Capital of Kerala). It is an innovative product which can prevent various skin allergies and diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, arthritis and also for boosting immunity. Its essence and principles have been developed by the ancestors of the Kuzhivila family who originated in Kerala, Southern India.

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The Authors are associated with DKTE's Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji