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Khadi, the new Linen?

Khadi, the new Linen?

Khadi is handspun, woven natural fiber fabric made of mostly cotton or cotton blended with silk or wool. It is found in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Khadi is also known as "khaddar" and has a long history dating back to 6th century. A Bangladeshi variation of Khadi cloth was described by Huen Tsang of China and Marco Polo in the 12th century AD describes a fabric as fine as spider's wed, most probably khadi Muslin of Bengal region. Romans had great affection for of Bengal khadi Muslin and imported vast amounts of it.

Later on Khadi became the symbol of Indian Independence movement led by Gandhi to encourage local weaving community by boycotting industrialization and monopoly of textile market by British industries. In a way it wouldn't be farfetched to call Mr. Gandhi a true brand ambassador of Khadi fabric.

It is a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter.

"Khadi has also made an entry in Paris, New York etc. Danish textile designer Bess Nielsen has named his store in Paris after it. Khadi has been used in the Star Wars films. Designer Christina Kim's haute label Dosa, in Los Angeles, the U.S.A. stocks it. There are exclusive Khadi stores in Dubai. Khadi has been in the limelight for all the right reasons. Vouching for this fact is a US-based fashion designer, who has started a fashion house in Rajasthan, for exclusively catering to the rising demand for organic Khadi outfits. The fashion house has a wide range of clothes, all of which have been made from the organic fabric. As per the designer, people everywhere have started realizing the medicinal values of wearing organic Khadi."

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