Designers Neeta Lulla, Nachiket Barve, and Ritu Beri have come together to promote the use of Khadi textiles and hosted the Khadi Designer Conference that aimed to elevate Khadi to the global platform.
Lulla said at the event, “Today, handloom is the latest fashion, and wearing handloom is the most popular trend. There has never been a dearth of handlooms in India, and after years of continued efforts by the government, handloom is gradually becoming a crucial element in fashion. Khadi is not just a cloth, but a movement that should be taken forward as a campaign idea.”
The image of Mahatma Gandhi at the charkha is one of universal appeal. It was through this the entire nation came together under the banner of Satyagraha. Spinning one’s own yarn, weaving one’s own cloth not only made the market for British mill, made cotton faced a major setback but also brought the masses together from all corners of the country. As the nation prepares for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation, we swanksters decided to celebrate 2nd October distinctly by remembering Gandhiji with his invincible contribution to the fashion industry by introducing Khaddar(khadi) and starting the movement which revolutionized the entire nation.
WHAT IS KHADI?
The word itself is derived from ‘khaddar’, a term for hand-spun fabric in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. While khadi is usually manufactured from cotton, contrary to popular belief, it is also made from silk and woolen yarn (called khadi silk and khadi wool respectively). Khadi is a labour-intensive process of creating hand-spun yarns and then hand weaving them into fabrics. Yarns of a khadi fabric are made through a spinning wheel, the charkha. Khadi fabrics are different from handloom in a way that it is completely hand made, whereas yarns for the handloom fabrics are processed at mills. Khadi first became popular in the 1920’s during the Swadeshi Movement. Lead by Mahatma Gandhi, the Swadeshi Movement was to boycott of British goods, which were then replaced by Indian made handicrafts. The most infamous of these handicrafts was khadi. Even today, khadi clusters give employment to over 20 lakh people. Young and established designers see it as a symbol of sustainability and Indianness, after all, no two khadi fabrics can be identical. In fact, all Indian flags are still required to be made out of khadi fabric to this day.
KHADI AND FASHION
Today, khadi fabrics are not just restricted to cotton but have many aspects. Khadi blends with other fibres to make raw silk khadi, matka khadi, poly khadi, tussar silk, and many more. The fabric that was initially available only in a single almond hue is now presented in 30 alluring shades. The fabric has gained a global recognition with the courtesy of the fashion industry that promotes the fabric in a way; never before. Khadi apparels are worn by the runway models displaying an array of outfits from bridal saris to beachwear; made from khadi fabrics. The cloth has grabbed the eyeballs of international fashion designers, sprawling elaborate designs exclusively for khadi
According to Nachiket Barve, who also regularly uses Khadi, the fabric should be “aspirational and repackaged” and that designers should not feel constrained by the fabric. “The fabric needs to be bought out of desire and not a conscience of giving back to the villages. Activate educational institutes to promote Khadi with millennials.
KHADI SHINES AT LAKME FASHION WEEK
The 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on 23rd August 2018 at St Regis Hotel, Mumbai in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric were exhibited – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal) as per information available from PIB. The season’s most coveted designers were seen under one roof, working magic with styles and trends that make fashion and beauty nothing less than grandeur. Various facets of Khadi were showcased by renowned fashion designers at the LFW. While Lars Anderson showcased Khadi Matka Love Story, the Third floor clothing by Saloni Sakaria, Jamdaani fabric of Pallavi Shantam, Murshidabad Khadi by Jewellyn Nalvares and Buna’s Collection were majestic in exploring immense potential of India’s heritage fabric. The four sequence events, with one sequence of each designer and 26 models rocking on ramp in Khadi designer fabric virtually thrilled the spectators.Many young labels like Indigene, 11:11, Runaway Bicycle, Soham Dave and many more are re-imagining the way we see khadi. By contemporizing this ancient weave and using it as a canvas for modern apparel, it isn’t hard to believe that Khadi can be pretty cool.
Thanking and Remembering Gandhiji for his invincible contribution to nation. Jai Hind.
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