Mumbai: Khadi is not a mere coarse fabric; rather it was this versatile signature fabric – for which the foreign traders used to give equal weight of gold to purchase it once upon a time and India was better known as ‘Sone Ki Chidiya (The Golden Bird)”, said the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, while delivering a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ at the inaugural session of the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on 23rd August in St. Regis Hotel here.
The season’s most coveted designers were seen under one roof, working magic with styles and trends that make fashion and beauty nothing less than grandeur. Various facets of Khadi were showcased by renowned fashion designers at the event. While Lars Anderson showcased Khadi Matka Love Story, the Third-floor clothing by Saloni Sakaria, Jamdaani fabric of Pallavi Shantam, Murshidabad Khadi by Jewellyn Nalvares and Buna’s Collection was majestic in exploring immense potential of India’s heritage fabric. The four sequence events, with one sequence of each designer and 26 models rocking on the ramp in Khadi designer fabric virtually thrilled the spectators.
Saxena further said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception of Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class. “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 the modern history that has stood the test of time as a vehicle of sustainable development self-reliance,” he said.
Incidentally, it was also the first occasion that the KVIC had collaborated with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric were exhibited – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan, and Murshidabad (West Bengal).