Khadi is a type of Indian fabric. It also goes by the name “Khaddar” and is made by spinning threads on a “Charkha” machine. Khadi manufacturing became more popular before India gained its independence with the help of Mahatma Gandhiji. Khadi was made and used widely. The government encouraged Indians to wear these more as well as present these to foreigners to gain recognition.
Before India attained its freedom, Khadi was usually the fabric worn by political leaders and those living in rural places. Now, the fabric is worn at prestigious events like fashion shows, galas and parties. Khadi has steadily been growing in demand in the past few years and supplies remain limited. Khadi cotton is actually Khadi during the early phase and has a coarse texture. There are several other kinds of Khadi like Khadi wool and Khadi silk. These are used by fashion designers to make some of the best attires.
Mahatma Gandhi contributed much to the growth of Khadi fabric. It symbolized the Indian people during their struggle against the British rule. It was also a means to provide employment to people living in remote areas in India. The Indian flag was sewn using Khadi, which is why it also has historical significance. Khadi is called by many as the official cloth of India.
Furthermore, people like wearing Khadi because it keeps them cool during the hot months and warm during winter. Starch can be added to the fabric to prevent crumpling and keep it in good condition.