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But First What is Khadi?
A- Khadi also called khaddar, is a hand-woven natural fiber cloth. The cloth is usually woven from cotton. However, it may also include silk or wool, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha. It is a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter. In order to improve its looks, khadi/khaddar is sometimes stretched to give it a stiffer feel. It is widely accepted in various fashion circles. Khadi is being promoted in India by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission and the Ministry of Micro, and Medium Enterprises.
*How khadi represents India worldwide..?
Indian khadi fabric, also known as khaddar, is made by spinning threads on an instrument called 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 provide employment to the unemployed rural population. The Indian flag is also made from khadi, and therefore, it holds national importance.
The production of this fabric is done keeping the environment in mind. Gandhiji promoted khadi then because he saw it as a way to increase employment in the non-agricultural sector. He wanted to make Indians understand that they could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high-priced foreign goods.
Gandhiji presented khadi as a symbol of nationalism, equality and self-reliance. It was his belief that reconstruction of the society and effective Satyagraha against the foreign rule can be possible only through khadi. … Gandhiji turned it into a symbol of self-reliance and non-violence.
* Basic Process of original khadi manufacturing and designing.
Basically, there are two steps of khadi manufacturing :
Converting the Cotton fiber into yarn using tools like a spinning wheel (Charkha) and then weaving the yarn into the fabric using looms. That means
Spinning and weaving are two basic steps in the production of original khadi manufacturing. The most basic difference between them is their process and purpose. Spinning is the process of making threads out of raw cotton fibers. Weaving is the process of taking threads and making them into cloth.
To make threads, a person would need to take the raw material i.e. cotton, and spin them through the use of a spinning wheel (Charkha).
But that only gives you a single thread. In order to make cloth, many threads must be woven together. This process requires a loom. In weaving, a single thread is interlaced over and over again with a set of threads that run the other way. When this has been done enough times, the result is a piece of woven cloth, this process is called weaving.
So spinning is an earlier step in khadi production–the purpose is the making of thread. Weaving is a later step–the purpose is the making of khadi cloth.
After spinning and weaving, we get khadi fabric.
There are many steps like dying and strengthening of the fabric. Then after getting the fine khadi cloth again a magical traditional handloom block printing and embroidery detailing is been done to get the final designer pure khadi fabric cloth.
*How to identify original khadi….?
Just like – All that glitters is not Gold.
All khadi is handloom but not all handloom fabrics can be Khadi.
There is a huge difference between handloom fabric and khadi.
It is compulsory for Khadi fabric to be made using handspun yarn only, no such foundation is put on other handloom fabrics, which means that any type of yarn (mill made, natural, handspun) can be used on a handloom to make a length of fabric, but when it comes to the term of khadi.. it is bound to be handspun (whether it is on handloom or peddle loom mechanism, made up with weaving and spinning process on Charkha).
Most of the time, people recognize Khadi through its design elements or texture, but things are not always what they seem. We can not assure original khadi just by its texture looks and design. It can be just the mindful game of any brilliant textile designer that the fabric design and texture look similar to original khadi. Khadi is a textile made by hand, other material can copy the texture or design elements but can not authenticate the fabric’s geniuneity as handspun, handwoven khadi.
When the term comes to identifying original khadi, it is next to impossible to identify it just by texture and fabric elements but if the manufacturer or seller has the certification by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. You can trust them and buy the original khadi products.
*Benefit of khadi clothes
Khadi is much more than a word, there are so many advantages of khadi, that can be specified as follows-
1. It is eco-friendly products.
2. It is a healthful cloth as it is made up of pure Cotton.
3. It represents simplicity with a branded style.
4. It is a safe and skin-friendly material, and keeps you away from allergic skin related problems.
5. Khadi provides employment to people who spin and weave khadi clothes.
6. Khadi keeps you connected with Gandhian Values of basic humanities.
*Why should I invest in Khadi
1. It is highly sustainable.
2. The spinning process of khadi uses no machine and chemicals thus has a low carbon footprint.
3. Easy and comfortable feel.
4. Khadi material adapts to all seasons.
5.By wearing khadi you can support the rural community of weaver and spinners.
6.by wearing khadi we can display our respect and pride for our freedom history and culture.
* Where to buy original Khadi products.
You can buy original khadi from any Certified Manufacturing Compony of Khadi manufacturing.
The seller or manufacturers must be certified by khadi and Village Industries Commission and the Ministry of Micro, and Medium Enterprises.