Highlights

  • Made from natural fibres, Khadi is chemical-free and easy to wear.
  • Khadi is known to be a material that will keep you warm in winters and cool in summers. 
  • Khadi is sustainable clothing supplied by numerous designers.

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How Khadi went from being the 'Fabric of Freedom' to 'Haute Couture'

Derived from the word Khaddar, Khadi has a rich history and a bright future. From being a fabric of freedom, it is now counted as Haute Couture.

Known to have been donned by both Nehru and Gandhi, Khadi is part of a strong textile history of India. And at present, it is the most sought after and celebrated fabric in the fashion industry.  

What is Khadi?

Khadi is a coarse handspun and hand-woven fabric made from natural fibres. Derived from the word Khaddar, the making of Khadi involves converting fibre into yarn using spinning wheels. Made from cotton, silk and wool it can keep you warm in winters and cool in summers. 

Evolution of Khadi

Khadi's evolution dates back to India's freedom struggle when Mahatma Gandhi revived the fabric and turned it into a powerful political tool against the British Raj. Gandhi with his chakra encouraged the use of the fabric "Made in India," as an effort to improve the socio-economic conditions and make way for self-sustenance. A symbol of the Swadeshi movement, self-reliance and self-respect, the revival of Khadi helped pave India's path to liberation. 

Khadi has a rich history and a promising future. From being a "fabric of freedom" it has now made a transition into a "fashion statement." Even big labels such as Sabyasachi have their eyes glued on Khadi. 

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The fashion landscape is seeing designers who have been quick at adopting the intricate weaves of khadi in the form of shirts, bridal lehengas and even sarees. 

11.11 / eleven eleven

Known for its use of indigenous cotton, Eleven Eleven label uses heritage techniques such as hand spinning. Founded by Shani Himanshu and Mia Morikawa, the designers work closely with local Indian artisans. Available all over the world, the label has its roots in Khadi. 

Anju Modi

Founded by designer Anju Modi, the foundation for her design lies in her love for Indian craft and textile. Using techniques she has worked closely with khadi. 

Khanijo

From jumpsuits to trousers, Khanijo has a wide range of Khadi products to offer. Established by Gaurav Khanijo, the label taps into style while keeping the Indian heritage alive. 

Also Watch: Fashion designer in Lucknow makes khadi clothes for Ramlalla

The list is never-ending! Today khadi is more of a sustainable luxury supplied by numerous designers, and this in the process has helped save the age-old craft from dying.

Also Watch:  A first for India: Khadi fabric footwear launched by KVIC

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