Khadi India is all set to present a showcase honouring and celebrating Khadi which will feature ensembles from several leading Indian designers. The presentation will be showcased as a part of Sustainable Fashion Day on 9th march at Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).
Collections by Khadi India and designers like Divyam Mehta, Suket Dhir and Shruti Sancheti will be featured in the multi-designer runway showcase and will aim to bring Khadi into the centre stage.
Khadi India’s collection gives a modern twist to the fabric and is presenting a collection of apparel and sarees. The design forms for the sarees are inspired from the traditional folk art of Madhubani, Gond and Picchwai paintings.
Designed for global citizens, the apparel collection uses cotton from Kanpur, muslin from Murshidabad, woolen Khadi from Bikaner and Eri silk from Assam with handwoven and hand-spun genuine Khadi, sourced directly from the Khadi institutions. To add value to the fabric, hand block printing, natural dyeing and hand embroidery have been used.
The Khadi collection from Divyam Mehta will be an amalgamation of rural wall paintings laid out in geometrical patterns and is a hybrid of artisanal construction and draping and is complemented with rows of darning stitches to reinforce seams.
The Spring Forest collection for men from Suket Dhir has been imagined for the use of the fabric for various seasons. The collection features garments made with Khadi for different seasons along with cotton and cotton silks woven in twill, plain and Jaamdani weaves. The fabrics will feature refreshing colours and will be adorned with trims, satin and silk linings along with Kantha.
Khadder has been used by Shruti Sancheti which has been an important fabric as a part of the Indian freedom movement. The collection is comprised of cotton and silk Khadi woven in small clusters of Vidharbha. Featuring kurtas, bundis, boleros, layer friendly dresses, co-ord sets and Duster jackets and are reminiscent of a slower pace of life.
Manoj Kumar, Chairman Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) added, “The ‘Fabric of Nation’ has encouraged generations of designer in fashion. From being a humble attire across India, Khadi has evolved into a symbol of sustainable fashion and ultimate luxury.”
He further said that “Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji has coined a popular slogan ‘Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion, Khadi for transformation’ and KVIC is working hard to realise this dream. Increasingly, designers across the spectrum are looking at Khadi with a new lens as it encourages them to create fashion relevant to the present and the future. We are excited to associate with FDCI again to bring this presentation to the forefront of the Indian fashion fraternity and inspire the younger generations towards Khadi clothing that is comfortable, easy to wear and trendy.”