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Khadi as Fashion Fabric


Khadi as Fashion Fabric

Points in against of the topic

  • Khadi is handspun and hand-woven and hence has limited aesthetic appeal
  • Limited types of fibers can be used - cotton, silk, wool
  • Technologically way behind than latest fashion fabrics like Liva
  • Deep-rooted sentiments such as nationalism and freedom are associated with khadi and such people might be reluctant to accept bold designs and patterns prevalent in latest fashion trends.
  • Khadi mostly demonstrates patriotism and is usually adopted by politicians and intellectuals.
  • Limited techniques of dyeing and printing can be implemented.
  • Portrays modesty.
  • Considered to be a rustic fabric, not projecting modernism and luxury.
  • Production is hampered by the unorganized nature of the khadi industry.
  • Khadi production seems to be totally in control of the government.
  • There is debate among designers regarding the versatility of the fabric.
  • Khadi-look does not work with the young generation.
  • There is nothing special in khadi other than the sentiments like swaraj, freedom, self-reliance, and patriotism.

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Points in favor of the topic

  • Comfortable fabric- stays cool in summer and warm in winter; comfort is one of the key ingredients of fashion.
  • Processing techniques of khadi have improved thereby facilitating the introduction of new varieties of khadi in the market.
  • The fashion industry has adopted khadi as fashion fabric; designers are venturing into producing more innovative designs.
  • Ace Indian designers like Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Devika Bhojwani, Neeru Kumar have come up with khadi collections giving it a new chic look.
  • Qualities such as being skin-friendly, environment-friendly, green fabric, breathable makes it an attractive option for designers.
  • Khadi is catching the attention of youngsters.
  • Versatile fabric- can be experimented with new drapes and cuts, embroidery, embellishments, etc.
  • Celebs like Amitabh Bachchan and Narendra Modi being associated with khadi makes it a rage in Indian fashion.
  • Foreign fashion platforms consider khadi to be exotic fabric.

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