Do you know KHADI?
Khadi means “any cloth handspun in India and woven on handloom from cotton, silk or woolen yarn, or from a mixture of any two or all of such yarns.” It conquers the emotional barrier and comes touchingly close to the wearer. Mahatma Gandhi thought of this cloth, essentially, as an economic proposition to people who hardly had anything to fall back upon then.
Since Khadi is essentially a cloth, the soft twist imparted by the hand maintains the yarn hairiness to an extent, which gives maximum comfort. The loom used in weaving of Khadi interlaces the threads in a manner that allows maximum air to permeate to body and soothes the body better than any other fabric does.
No wonder Khadi is acknowledged as one of the most comfortable fabric ever known.
Gradually the simple handspun and hand-woven fabric caught the imagination of the nation and slowly acquired a new status, the meaning of which went far beyond the realm of a mere cloth. Today, Khadi is fashionable and temptingly comfortable for young and the old alike. New designs throw overboard the old concepts of fashion; the result is a crop of modern wear.
Environment and Ecology occupy a prominent place among the key focal issues faced by the world today. The world is looking for eco-friendly alternatives and no other fabric fits the bill as Khadi does. Khadi, the ancient and the most authentic form of fabric is associated with Indians in more than one way.
Other than just creating livelihood for thousands of people, it also represents the culture and heritage of India. It is not just used to cover the skin but is a visual language to convey many things about the weaver, as a modern fabric of freedom, as a fabric of identity, and a fabric of simplicity. This hand spun and hand woven fabric is completely environmental friendly and is the best solution India can offer the world in the fight against today’s synthetic pollution and global warming.
The western world can now see what the human hand can do to fabrics. Each weave is different from the other and hence every garment made of hand woven fabric is unique. This is where the beauty of Khadi lies.
Khadi fabrics are woven on handlooms from cotton, silk, and woolen yarn, which are hand-spun. It is natural, durable and ideal to wear. Silk, the queen fabric, has won hearts wherever it went. Sure, there is no other fabric that can match silk for its soft and fine feel and brilliance.
The production of Khadi fabric is a labor intensive process as all the processes are done manually.
In an era of degenerating environment, efforts are on to produce 100% Eco-friendly textiles where even the cotton will be grown without chemical fertilizers. But, surprisingly, this is already being done in India-in the form of Ponduru Khadi which is produced from wild varieties of cotton found in the mountain terrain of Eastern part of Andhra Pradesh, in the South of India.
Utility as well as fashion items made of fibers like sisal, banana, pineapple, palm, screwpine, jute, Sunn hemp, Bhang, etc. have hundred uses. Bags, tablemats, wall hangings, carpets, rush mats, purses, flower pot holders – all have a feast of color and design. Unmatched for their variety and beauty these fiber articles have a typical feel – a novelty at its best.
Once you become a khadi user, always a khadi user. It is so cool and comfortable.
Strangely enough foreign tourists who come to India show an affinity to khadi, as it is `cool and easy to manage’. They are easy on the pocket too.
How bright a future has khadi? In this eco-conscious world, very bright.