Khadi means handspun and handwoven cloth. The handspun handwoven fabric has been a huge part of India and was a major part of the nation’s economic strength before colonialism. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khadi for rural self-employment and self-reliance during the Swadeshi movement (Khadi movement).
However, today, the Khadi industry is far from flourishing. There is a significant decline in India’s handloom weavers due to a decrease in demand. Anuprerna is working towards the goal of bridging the gap in demand by creating awareness about Indian Khadi clothes which would encourage the weavers to preserve this craft.
Significance Of Khadi
Indian khadi fabric, also known as khaddar, is made by spinning threads on an instrument called a charkha. It is woven and spun by hand, which is a time-consuming process. Before Independence, khadi manufacturing gained momentum under Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership as a movement to boycott British clothes. It was then the fabric of freedom fighters and the rural folk. Gandhi developed the concept of khadi as a means to employ the unemployed rural population. The Indian flag is also made from khadi, and therefore, it holds national importance.
Khadi is one of the best handloom products in India. It is a natural fabric obtained from raw cotton. Here are the benefits of wearing khadi clothes:
- It is woven in such a way, that it allows the skin to breathe easily.
- It is a durable and high-quality fabric that extends your wardrobe life.
- It is available in dozens of designs and colors to match your style.
- Being a cotton product, it is eco-friendly and biodegradable.
- Each piece is handwoven with love and care without using heavy electric machines.
- It can be worn in summer, monsoon, and winter!
- Being a durable fabric, it saves your pocket!
- Provides food to poor people who spin and weave Khadi cloth.
- Connects you to the freedom movement, to Gandhi, and to all those who believe in his values.