New Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) Showcasing Khadi at events like the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) would change the common man's perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has said.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, delivering the keynote address on "Khadi and Sustainable Development" at the inaugural session of the 14th Sustainable Fashion Day at the LFW in Mumbai, said "charkha" was not a symbol of commercial war, but of commercial peace.
The KVIC, for the first time, collaborated with the LFW this year. At the recently-concluded event, the collections of four designer labels of hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric -- hand-spun in the sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal) were showcased on the ramp.
"Khadi is not a mere coarse fabric, rather it was this versatile signature fabric for which the foreign traders used to give an equal weight of gold once upon a time and India was better known as a 'sone ki chidiya' (the golden bird)," Saxena said at the event.
He added that "as Khadi signifies honesty, dedication, sincerity, purity, only human resource, hand-spun and hand-woven, empowering the poorest of the poor and Swadeshi -- it is the only product in modern history that has stood the test of time as a vehicle of sustainable development and self-reliance."
"At Khadi, we spin employment and weave prosperity in India," a KVIC release quoted Saxena as saying.
The KVIC chairman expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for catching Khadi's latent potential and said even in changing times, sustainability was always at the core for Khadi.
The young designers presented Khadi in a new avatar at the LFW Winter/Festive 2018, giving the fabric a funky and trendy spin to make it more suitable to modern sensibilities, the release said.
Lars Andersson, Pallavi Shantam, Saloni Sakaria and Jewellyn Alvares showcased their khadi range in a show presented by the KVIC at the event, it added. PTI UK RKS PKS RC
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