Khadi is a term for handspun and hand-woven cloth from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is primarily woven from cotton but may also be woven in silk or wool. It is an organic comfortable fabric, very versatile in that it is cool in summer and warm in winter, becoming second skin after a few washes.
The fabric got its importance from Mahatma Ghandi when he revived the 5000 year old process of hand weaving as part of his movement of freedom fight in the twenties.
The Khadi movement, as it may be called, promoted an ideology, the idea that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high priced goods and clothes the British were then selling. This movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian ones, envisioning the improvement of the country’s overall economy by following the principles of swadeshi - meaning self-sufficiency.
Still today, the Government of India has been appealing to citizens to promote the usage of Khadi. In every city you can find Khadi Government Shops where any Khadi producer has their sale guaranteed at just prices and where anyone can buy Khadi fabrics and garments with the assurance of following fair trade policies.
All Khadi found in Kozii shops is bought directly from these government shops, contributing, in this way, to a social system that empowers the poorer and therefore respecting its very own fair-trade and environmental brand consciousness.
“If we have the Khadi Spirit in us, we would surround ourselves with simplicity in every walk of life.” – Mahatma Ghandi.