The khadi industry in India has recorded an average growth of 28 per cent in the last four years compared to 6.18 per cent between 2004 and 2014. Also in four years, total production of khadi has jumped 70 per cent.
Khadi, a versatile fashion fabric, has become a stylish narrative that is now popularly embraced by designers. They have expanded the color palette, westernized the cuts, and created new trends. Khadi has transcended itself as a sustainable fabric of the future. At a time when the world is moving towards automation, khadi is one of the few handcrafted products. A symbol of Indian textile heritage, khadi has been brought to the centerstage over the years for its uniqueness of being hand spun, handwoven and a truly sustainable fabric. The khadi industry in India is expected to cross a Rs 10,000 crore turnover in the next five years. The target for this year is set at Rs 5000 crores.
The Lakme fashion week was dedicated to sustainable fashion where designers showcased their collection made out of sustainable fabrics. Three designers, Anuj Bhutani, Pallavi Dhyani and Gaurav Khanijo, collaborated with the Khadi Village and Industries Commission to create sustainable fashion wear that was showcased on the ramp.