Khadi sarees are the in-thing and what the market is lapping up in its various forms as fashion shows a healthy trend in nationalistic fervour. Unique and exceptional in their modern avatar, this fabric has certainly brought about a new freshness and an extraordinary depth in women’s fabrics, that has caused fashion pundits to go ‘wah-wah’ and the market to splurge on this new sensation.
You have the Jute Tussar Silk Khadis and the Banarasi handloom silk khadis, the Gicha Supernets and the modern format Sico Khadis. In fact the array is wide and ranging, with even a lot of tribal art hand painted sarees thrown in. Fast colours, New designs, detailing, thematic work are all included in extraordinary ways adding to the splendour of the Khadi saree.
Raw materials such as cotton, silk or wool, hand spun on a spinning wheel or ‘charaka’ are Khadi. Popular for the texture and weaving patterns, Khadi Cotton Sarees appeal for the Fancy prints of block, batik and gold adorning them.
Offering many qualities worthy of a good fabric, Khadi offers resistance to shrinking, acquires colour fastness, has quality of seamless finishing and makes fine blends. Unique, for the warm feel in winter and keeping the body cool in hot weather, Khadi cloth additionally has a distinctive feature of acquiring shine after every wash.
The Father of the Nation, Gandhiji or Bapuji, during the Swadeshi Movement in India, invented the Charka or the simple Hand Spinning Wheel. Symbolizing independence of the national spirit, it also sent a message to millions of Indians that dependence on foreign goods was doing injustice to traditional offerings and also showed disrespect to the Indian Nation. So was Khadi born – a hand spun and hand woven cloth that offered not only an occupation of self-respect but also a means to livelihood.
Indian fashion designers have extolled the virtues of Khadi, calling its attributes comparable to the qualities of the fine Egyptian cotton and linen.
Clothing well by following the contours of the body it assumes the right fit in a few washes. A ‘breathing’ fabric that has good self-texture and a light weight it offers excellent comfort. As a blend with denim, wool, polyester and silk, the cotton Khadi has produced remarkable results.
The charm and appeal of the Khadi Saree lies in its ruffled and wavy look. Unlike pure handloom cotton, the material is generally starched and hence, does not crumple as easily. No wonder it offers the fashion world a fabric that can be utilitarian and sensational at the same time.
Khadi is available from different parts of the country. The Silk variety is available from the Eastern and North Eastern States, Cotton Khadi from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Poly Khadi is from Gujarat and Rajasthan, while Woolen Khadi is from the Northern States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Established in 1956, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), controls the production and marketing of Khadi across the country and today has an estimated working strength across the country of more than 75 lakh people, associated with it in different ways.
Gicha, a variant of Khadi cotton, has emerged as a fashion fabric.
Picture these Khadi varieties from Unnati Silks, that has an envious display of 300 plus varieties of sarees, including most ethnic styles across India and you will see what I mean.Devoted to the national cause since three decades in direct association and working with weavers and craftsmen of traditional styles and weaves across India, the Khadi Silks and Cottons are no exception.
In the modern format and catering to market taste the Khadi sarees from Unnati provide a new flavour of fusion with freshness.
You could have a Ghicha Supernet Sari adorned with multi thread embroidery, with kundans and sequins work or a Gicha Silk Saree embellished with zari patch work and zari border, that are stylish and go down very well with the party crowd.
There is the Gicha Matka Cotton Saree with a lot of gold printed booties and double printed border with an elegant pallu that is preferred wear for office or traditional occasions.
Then you could have the Designer half and half Gicha Silk Sari of embroidery buttis having patola border that looks spectacular that would suit for occasions like festivals, family get-togethers and exclusive traditional gatherings.
Pure Gicha Cotton Sarees with multi color printed stripes and booties on the borders are very much appealing and acceptable for formal functions.
Stylish embroidery work, Fancy mango booties, floral designs all contribute to enhance the Khadi Silks in a wide range of pleasing colours and enchanting patterns. Exclusive in look and exceptional in appeal, the Khadi silks of Unnati match the mood and suit the occasion.
Khadi, is a national heritage weave that has evolved from a simple garment for everyday use to a sensational fabric of international appeal.
Taking the market by storm, it is today a fashion statement. And Unnati Silks always sticks to this norm.