Spun by a million hands, hand-woven in cotton, silk or wool, sumptuous to all the senses, elegant and durable, this is ‘Khadi’.
It inspired a generation of Indians with Mahatma Gandhi as its first true brand ambassador. In those times Khadi was more than a garment worn, it was a symbol rooted in the erstwhile fabric of the people. Distinctive and Revolutionary – all coming together with each indigenous weave of Khadi.
But Khadi is far older than this. The mighty Aryans during the ancient Vedic times produced their own cloth. Khadi in fact is any cloth that is hand spun and / or hand woven. This art also captured the fancy of one of the most powerful Emperors of all times – Alexander The Great when he came to India in 327 BC. Since then many travelers who crossed the globe in search of trade were all enamored by Khadi and it soon became more than just a commodity with its value akin to Gold.
With the passage of time, Khadi took on a different turn; or rather it slipped away from being the clothing of choice in the 1940s to carrying becoming ‘politicians only’ clothing.
But there exists a band of people who live across small towns and big cities even now, the ones who are connected to tradition; the ones who swear by Khadi. And it is slowly steadily making it into mainstream fashion through designers like Rohit Bal and Malini Ramani who have started to use Khadi in the past few years.
According to enfant terrible of the Indian fashion scene Rohit Bal, Khadi is India’s answer to linen and he, along with other designers, are looking at a big and bright future for the fabric.
Khadi is taking an international stage, as more and more people around the world are cottoning on to it (Pun intended)
It’s even been making a special appearance in Hollywood movies – Star Wars Trilogy used it in some of their costumes! It has recently featured in both the New York and Berlin Fashion Weeks and any one with a sense of sustainability the world over has been incorporating this fabulous cloth in their designs/products
We here @ Red Sister Blue have been inspired in our own way to create a range of clothing that blend the expertise of this gorgeously comfortable Indian textile with classic Western designs.
The current collection on offer captures the essence of the modern Indian woman who lives in the big city, but is still connected to tradition.
We wanted to revive Khadi but we also wanted to empower women with the choice of contemporary fashion, fashion that unites us. To take a stand, to celebrate Sisterhood.
In a world which is increasingly fragmented, we at Red Sister Blue proudly proclaim our Independence and our renewed love affair with Khadi.