Khadi is a term used for fabrics that are hand-spun and hand-woven, usually from cotton fiber. Khadi, the word, is the synonym of freedom struggle and gain its popularity by “Mahatma Gandhi “and his “Swadeshi movement”, which was a symbol of self-reliance, sustainability for the people and the economy pre-independence era, from British’s policy.
But, after independence, khadi was neglected for many years, becoming a poor man’s fabric. Thankfully with the efforts of many contemporary designers and govt. run projects, khadi fabric has evolved to become a luxury product.
However, contrary to popular belief, khadi is also manufactured from silk and wool, known as khadi silk & woolen khadi respectively.
Khadi fabric is known for its rugged texture, comfortable feel and ability to keep people warm in winter while keeping them cool during the summer, perfect for tropical weather of India.
It’s airy, Eco-friendly, elegant and most importantly, supports the small cotton farmers and spinners. It is a brilliant way to connect us to our roots, make us aware of our heritage and strengthen our belief in the ideals that have got us here today.
What does khadi mean to the youth?
Khadi has evolved to become a cooler fabric because of its India quotient. The youth today relates it to a sense of patriotism, and to its ‘India proud’ factor. Also, the Indian fashion industry has played a pivotal role in making khadi fashionable again. “I love to wear khadi —it is comfortable, and very fashionable according to me,” says 20-year-old student Komal Kanth. “When we’re proudly embracing fashion statements from the ’80s and ’90s then why not include something of our own? Khadi is highly popular again and is affordable too. I wear it with pride!,” says Nimesh Mathur, an 18-year-old Mumbai University student.
Khadi silk saris are one of my favorites of all time. We at zameeni share wide array of khadi cotton,khadi silk saris.
So lets celebrate the Indianess again and again.