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Noted to be a fabric synonymous with Indian independence movement, the advent of powermills and various other reasons, are slowly killing this industry. While some may argue that changing technologies need to replace the old, it is important to remember that today Khadi is much more relevant than ever before. As many designers choose it today as the fabric to work with, and a few organizations struggle to revive this dying form, here are few reasons that still make khadi and spinning it relevant in today’s times.
With no machines being used in the process of creating the fabric, Khadi is a zero-pollution eco-friendly product which is known to improve with age.
The cloth is also porous and healthy, as it allows the body to breathe better in Indian climatic conditions. In fact, it is known to be warm in winters and cool in summers. Additionally, it suits sensitive skin as it doesn’t cause allergies or irritations.
Khadi was and will always be symbolic of self reliance for Indian villages. In fact, it is a great means for providing employment to a larger number of rural people. Right from the farmers who produce the cotton, to the spinners, dyeing units, weavers and finally the tailors, a whole cross-section of the community gains employment with this cloth.
Spinning the charkha has positive effects on those who spin it as well. Studies conducted by the Brain Behaviour Research Foundation of India (BBRFI) support this fact, and their research has indicated that spinning for one hour every day can improve concentration, abilities to multitask, patience and mind-body coordination as well.
At the BCT Residential High School, children from classes VI to Xth standards are taught how to make yarn. The yarn produced is given to the local weavers for production of khadi cloth, which is given to the tailoring unit for making dresses.