From Huts To High Streets: Khadi
The whole of India has been fascinated by the fabric Khadi since Mahatma Gandhi took it upon his shoulders to be the messiah of all the khadi workers in India and all that it symbolized. Khadi, in his time became much more than a fabric – it became a metaphor for the humble and the downtrodden.
Last year, when Myntra hosted its Bangalore Fashion Week, the pride of place went to Amin Farista’s “Aura Of Khadi”. The garments in the collection encompassed a compilation of hand woven fabrics like khadi cotton, linen with delicate touches from fabrics like raw khadi silk such as sarees and stoles.
Khadi has now emerged from being ‘humble and downtrodden’ to being the dazzling star in many Fashion Weeks. Part of the credit for this goes to designers like Sabayaschi Mukherjee, Wendell Rodricks, Rajesh Pratap Singh, David Abraham and Dolly Thakore among other aficionados who have lent their support to promote this fabric.
Renowned designer Rodricks, in an interview with Wonderwoman.in says, khadi offers many design variations and this quality has made the fabric a global entity. “Khadi enjoys the endorsement of many designers. I had been invited to open the world’s largest organic fair at Nuremberg in February this year where I developed yarns in new pastel shades and they definitely made an impact.”
But Khadi is not just restricted to clothes; it has found space in various crafts, shoes and home décor like cushions, tablecloths, runners, curtains, or sofa covers.
Over the few years, the symbol of India’s independence movement has got a makeover and become a style statement. It’s no longer seen as a poor man’s cloth.