Khadi is one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear in the summer. It is very soothing and looks fashionable too. But it is more than just a piece of cloth in India, where it originated. Promoted by Mahatma Gandhi, the khadi movement was for economic empowerment, self-reliance, Indian pride, and a way to fight the British colonists. The khadi movement aimed to develop garment at home so that foreign-made high-priced fabric could beat a retreat.
That was in the 1920 and it was hugely successful. However, with time, khadi lost its popularity. Only recently, it has reached beyond borders and become a global fabric. Fashionistas in the west has discovered that khadi can be very beautiful. It is also one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear, especially in the summer months.
The Khadi Fabric
Khadi is a hand-spun or hand-woven fabric, derived from cotton. In India, however, you will also find woolen khadi and silk khadi. It doesn’t have the mass-produced, polished look like factory-made clothing, as khadi is mostly hand-made. It has a natural and rustic appearance.
The material is extremely porous and breathable, which is why you feel so comfortable wearing it in the summer. You will feel cool in the summer wearing this fabric, and warm in the winter. Made from 100% natural fiber, khadi will never irritate your skin. It is also very lightweight. The fabric is very soft and suits all body types. Khadi is an excellent choice for those who want to accentuate their curves.
Its rugged look, unique texture, patterns, silhouettes, softness, light wetness, and the ability to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter is making it popular.
Top Fashion Labels In Indian Khadi
A few Indian brands have given khadi a makeover. They are playing a key role in making this hand-spun eco-friendly fabric popular again in India, and around the world. Their styles are appealing to high street fashion and a global audience.
The name Malkha comes from two words – “mulmul” and “khadi”. Believing in sustainable fashion ideaology, this brand involves all stakeholders – the farmers, spinners, sinners, dyers, and weavers into managing the enterprise. They are all owners. The business model is extremely dispersed, so the artisans don’t have to depend on big spinning mills. Malkha is best known for their hand-block prints in natural yarn dyed colors.
Tara Aslam of Nature Alley from the southern Indian state of Karnataka has also done her bit to give khadi a facelift. They make crop tops, palazzos, maxi dresses, and peplum tops. Their dresses are often seen in the ramp.
This brand works closely with artisans and weavers from Chitradurga, also in Karnataka. They are best known for producing jackets and dresses in shibori prints and asymmetric silhouettes.
A brand based out of Jaipur, Cotton Rack makes socially responsible, minimalistic, but chic clothing. The label makes trousers, skirts, camisoles, tops, dresses, and unique khadi palazzos in modern designs.