Friday, October 11, 2013

Khadi - the fabric of Freedom !

The father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, revived the tradition of khadi – India’s traditional weave that the doubly handcrafted.
He used the Charkha to spin cotton into yarn. This yarn is finally woven by hand into fabric - khadi.

Mahatma Gandhi’s relationship with khadi started in the 1920s when he revived the long forgotten tradition in India of hand spinning cloth after around 5000 years to rebel against the British machine made cotton fabrics and the British rule. For Mahatma Gandi, Khadi was a symbol of Swaraj or independence from the British and the Charkha was a symbol of self - entrepreneurship.

Khadi holds and important place in the heart of India. Though Khadi is made of cotton, it can be made of silk or wool too.

A shop at the International Airport at Mumbai, with Khadi shirts and memorablia related to Gandhiji

Mahatmas Gandhi’s fabric of compassion is unique due to:
a) It’s flexibility - keeps one warm in winter and fresh in summer
b) it’s ecofriendly and sustainable nature!

Did you know: Each fabric of Khadi, also known as khaddar, is unique as it is handwoven and handspun.

Useful links about Khadi: ; Khadi and Village industries Commission

A link to the site which offers Khadi and natural products: