The Khadi Project
Khadi is a local, handspun fabric unique to India. It is extremely versatile and its uses are limited only by our imagination. For instance, a rougher yarn can be used to make a shoulder bag, while a silken blend makes for classy evening-wear. Khadi is also one of the world's most breathable materials. The Khadi industry in India today employs close to 6 million people.
M. K. Gandhi was a strong proponent of khadi and advocated its use instead of yarn imported from Britain. During the fiftieth anniversary of Indian Independence (1997), Morcrafts organized a special project, "From Empire to Emporium-Khadi and The Robes of Independence." It began on Gandhiji's birth anniversary, October 2, and continued for a week.
A special exhibition on the subject was curated by Emma Tarlo. Leading designers from the fashion house Mélange also presented a special show presenting a range of Khadi wear. The traditional fabric was infused with modern dyes and then given a contemporary design. A discussion between upcoming students and established designers on the relevance of khadi today followed the show.
This entire project sparked a renewed interest in khadi, that can be explored by the international community as well.