Source: Textile Review
Gandhi wrote that Swaraj (self-rule) without swadeshi (countrymade goods) is a lifelesscorpse and if Swadeshi is the soul of Swaraj, khadi is the spirit of swadeshi.Therefore khadi became not only a symbol of revolution and resistance but part ofan Indian identity. Khadi has always been a fabric with attitude. It has nowbecome a fashion statement. Its journey from its eventful birth as the fabricfavoured by revolutionaries, to designer boutiques and elite consciousness. Thehandspun cotton, known as Khadi is of special significance to Indians. Gandhielevated the brittle thread of cotton to a symbol of strength andself-sufficiency, and to provide employment for the millions during India'sfreedom struggle, and that symbolism of wearing cloth made by human hands hascontinued till this day.
The handmade quality of the khadi fabric with inherent defects isits real beauty and that is what the buyer wants at times. It is not
About the Authors
Shaleni Bajpai is a Senior Research Officer & Manisha Gahlot isa Senior Research Fellow with Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, College of HomeScience, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar,Uttarakhand.
Originallypublished in Textile Review, Jan-2011