The Khadi route
Khadi, known as the fabric of freedom; the fabric of India’s independence. What rose as a form of protest and means of fighting has now travelled across the globe. Martand Singh (1947-2017), a renowned advocate of a wide range of Indian cultural revival including Indian textiles, for the significance it holds regarding India's independence, employment, life and death, and creativity.
Khadi is a symbolic form of weaving for Indian people. Cotton is hand-spun from its plant form, one thread at a time, using a spinning wheel called a charkha, before being carefully woven by hand into luxurious cotton thread where you can feel the warmth of the craftsmen's hands.
The slub textured, bulky fabric which at one point in time wasn’t considered fashion, has become not only a statement in india but has also transcended across the globe. Following the silk route, this humble fabric reached the likes of Issey Miyake. The genius that he already is, gave a fresh breath of air to the textile.
ISSEY MIYAKE has featured Khadi weaving in its creations since the 1980s, making clothes that one might call a conversation with Indian culture. This conversation continues today through the brand HaaT, which was born as a result of such textiles and takes it to the world.