Khadi- Old notes, New tunes.

“If khadi could sing, it would be humming a new tune , but with centuries-old notes.”
~ Forbes India

Something about summers just makes me want to slip into the most comfortable outfit ,and glance through old photo albums with wind blowing through my hair.


The word brings up images of Mahatma Gandhi in my mind and the Swadeshi movement that he led. For a number of years, this word was only associated  with politics and the freedom struggle .

But today , I want to talk about “Khadi- the fashion statement”.

Khadi (pronounced [kʰaːd̪iː]; IAST: Khadi) or Khaddar is a term for handspun and hand-woven cloth from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan mainly made out of cotton.The cloth is usually woven from cotton and 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 the look, khādī/khaddar is sometimes starched to give it a stiffer feel.

~ Wikipedia

I accessorized this understated kurta with a big Nasravah Statement ring and Ruby Cutstone Silver Balis.

What started as a very local fabric, is today, accepted worldwide in fashion circles. People who adorn this fabric fall in love with it for different reasons. Some love its feel, some love its texture , some love the origins of khadi whereas some others love the usability. Khadi is a very rough use fabric, and can last you many long years . But the more common aspect that binds people who swear by khadi, is to be able to wear something completely handmade. And for all those who swear by “Sustainable Fashion”, khadi is a win-win.

As Indian designers find their feet in international waters, the khadi silhouette can be seen evolving to match the global fashion sensibilities. For us (Indians) , khadi is still struggling to maintain that blend between modern and traditional. Every tradition must evolve over time to remain relevant to the current generation, and so has the khadi fashion in India .

Each time I wear this Kurta, I feel vintage. Subtle but very relevant.

Fashion or not, tradition or not, I love khadi for its simplicity. Pure woven , block printed, heavy , light, stiff or soft . I love the feel and texture of khadi.

To people who say, “but it’s just khadi!”
I say- This is a fabric that is 100% handmade and to me that means, pure Luxury!

Nature Alley , Malkha , Metaphor Racha, Fayakun Design Studio , Red Sister Blue, Maati Crafts , Runaway Bicycle , 11.11 are some of the homegrown brands worth mentioning for their khadi collections.


The Khadi Outfit

Kurta – One of my best buys from Ethnik Boutique

(+91 9921092530 for inquiries)

Leggings – Local Market

Jewelry–  Silver-Perline by Rucha
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All photos clicked by: Shailendra Pardesi 

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