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Introduction

Khadi is an Indian fabric. Khadi is also known by another name ‘Khaddar’. It is made by
spinning the threads on an instrument known as ‘Charkha’. During pre-independence era the
movement of khadi manufacturing gained momentum under the guidance of father of nation
Mahatma Gandhiji. This movement of khadi manufacturing and wearing started as to
discourage the Indians from wearing of foreign clothes.

Khadi before independence was considered as the fabric for the political leaders and the rural
people. But now it has found its way into the wardrobe of fashion conscious people. The
current situation is that the demand is more than the supply. Earlier the type of khadi
available was khadi cotton which had very coarse texture and feel. However many varieties of
khadi like khadi silk, khadi wool and khadi cotton are available now, which makes it a
fashionable fabric and likeable by the massage.

Its concept was developed by Mahatma Gandhi. It was a symbol for political agendas during
the fight for independence in India against the British rule. It was primarily a means to provide
employment to the unemployed rural population of India at that time. The Indian flag has to
be also made from khadi material. Thus it holds national importance, we could even call it the
national fabric of India.

Overview

Khadi is a versatile fabric. It has the unique property of keeping the wearer warm in winter as
well as cool in summer season. This fabric has coarse texture and gets easily crumpled,
therefore in order to keep it firm and stiff, starch is to be added. This fabric on washing is
more enhanced thus the more you wash it, better the look. Khadi is not easily worn out for
years together, at least for 4-5 years. Very attractive and designer apparel are made by doing
handwork on them garments made from it. Khadi spinning is generally done by girls and
women and weaving mostly by men. During spinning of khadi the threads are interwoven in
such a manner that it provides passage of air circulation in the fabric. Apart from this unique
property, it also provides warmth in winter season which is quite surprising factor.

Khadi cotton is required to be starched so that it does not get easily crumpled. It comes in
many colors and is not harmful to the skin as synthetic fabrics. This cotton is very soothing in
summer season as ample amount of air ventilation is there, it has the capacity to absorb
moisture therefore it easily soaks the sweat and keeps the wearer cool and dry. Khadi cotton
comes in plain as well as in printed fabrics. The most common outfit of made from khadi
cotton is the’Kurta’. Many types of apparel are manufactured from khadi cotton like saris,
salwar suits, fabric yarns, western tops, shirts, trousers, skirts, handkerchief,etc. It is a very
durable fabric.

In khadi silk, the ratio of khadi and silk fabric is 50:50. This fabric requires dry cleaning. It
shrinks about 3% after the first wash. It is quite an expensive fabric. Khadi silk provides a
royal and rich look. The various types of apparels made from khadi silk are salwar kameez,
kurta pajama, saris, dupattas, shirts, vest and jackets. Apparels like kurta, jacket, sari blouses
requires lining to be given to ensure its longetivity.

Previously khadi was dyed in earthy color tones and was used to make traditional garments
but now designers are experimenting by dyeing khadi with striking colors like limegreen,
violet, baby pink, turquoise blue, etc. Stylish garments like mini skirts, halter neck tops, racer
tops, tunics, etc are made from khadi.

Khadi is hand woven and hand spun fabric which takes time to be made. It is mainly
manufactured in rural areas of India. In previous times it was considered as the fabric for the
poor rural workers & farmers. But wearing khadi is no more for the poor, many high profile
personalities and economically sound people prefer to wear it. It is considered as one of the
most beautiful Indian fabric. The khadi wearer gets a royal and distinguishable look due to its
fall and style. It symbolizes luxury and uniqueness.

Government Policies

Khadi and village industries commission’ is the Indian government body which promotes the
usage of khadi. Khadi production and selling comes under the small scale industry sector. This
government body was created by an act which was passed by the Parliament. This gave a
boost to the khadi manufacturing sector of India, as a result many new outlets of khadi
gramodyog opened all over the country. These shops sell stitched as well as unstitched khadi
fabrics. Every year starting from the date- 3rd October to January 29th all khadi gramodyog
bhavans provide discount to the public on various khadi products. It comes under the category
of Indian handloom. This sector also generates employment for the rural population of India.
Indian government conducts various exhibitions and trade fairs in India and abroad to
promote this fabric.

The small scale industries engaged in manufacturing of khadi gets economic redemption for
the raw materials and production costs by Indian government. According to a recent survey
done it provides employment to 14.97 lakhs of people, the total annual production of khadi is
111.49 million sq. mtrs.

Khadi over the decades has moved from a freedom fighter’s identity fabric to a fashion
garment. Today there is such an increasing demand for khadi that despite of the thousands of
workers involved in spinning and producing khadi fabric, the demand of the market does not
gets fulfilled.

Conclusion

Khadi has gained worldwide appreciation as it is hand made, durable, long lasting and organic
in nature. The fabric is produced by the masses for the masses. It is associated with Gandhian
philosophy as well as makes a fashion statement. Through the medium of khadi weaving, the
weaver expresses art and designing by the spindle and loom. It is widely accepted in the
Indian fashion circle. Leading fashion designers
now include it in their collection by designing clothes with khadi material. There is huge
demand of it in international market, especially in western countries.

Reference:

http://www.kvic.org.in

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